Statistics Canada Report: Canadians with Unmet Home Care Needs

The results of Statistics Canada's General Social Survey has been released. The 2012 survey asked 792,000 Canadians aged 15 years or older about their home care needs. The survey did not cover those living in institutions or in long-term care facilities.

The 792,000 Canadians can be divided into two groups. The first group, some 461,000 in all, needed care at home to deal with a long-term illness, aging or disability condition but did not receive any care.

The second group, about 331,000, received care at home for a long-term illness, aging or disability condition but reported not receiving all the care they needed.

These numbers compare with 1.8 million Canadians who were care recipients in 2012 and received all the care they needed.

Highlights From The Report of Unmet Home Care Needs

- Among those who received care or help for back problems, 30% reported that they had not received all the help they needed, compared with 11% among those who received care or help because of cancer.

- Individuals who lacked the home care they needed reported lower levels of mental well-being than those who received all the care they needed.

- In 2012, 48% of those with unmet home care needs and 62% of care recipients who did not have all the help they needed reported loneliness, compared with 31% among care recipients who received all the help they needed.

- Two-thirds of care recipients with partly met needs reported sleeping problems, compared with 58% of individuals with unmet needs and 44% of care recipients whose needs were fully met.

- Those with partly met needs were also the most likely to report that most days were quite a bit or extremely stressful (50% compared with 27% of care recipient with met care needs).

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