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April 07, 2010 08:00 ET

Home-Based Health Care Expected to Increase as Canadians Live Longer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - Canadians are living longer than ever before, according to the latest Stats Canada report, which shows life expectancies are increasing by an average of two years per decade. But as Canada's aging population grows, more pressure will be put on long-term and end-of-life care. Experts are now predicting a trend towards home-based health care.

"This wasn't previously an option, but today personal home-based health care can be provided," said John Schram, president and CEO of We Care, Canada's largest independent home heath care provider. "This means as our loved ones age and face conditions like Alzheimer's and diabetes, they now have the choice to stay at home and be cared for."

Studies have shown 85 per cent of patients in end-of-life care would like to die at home. At the moment, however, 75 per cent are dying in institutions. As Canadians become more aware of home-based health care options, experts predict these numbers will shift dramatically.

Three years ago, Mike Walsh found himself in a predicament searching for a care solution for his 88-year-old parents. They were unhappy in their nursing home and Walsh was unable to care for them himself. After doing some research he decided to go with an accredited home-based care organization.

"It turned out to be a God-send for me and my family," said Walsh, who employed We Care. "It has been almost four years now and the confidence in knowing that my folks are in good hands has made my life so much easier."

Home-based health care is also accredited with saving the health care system millions of dollars each year. A recent study commissioned by the Change Foundation found home care reduces acute hospital costs by 50 per cent. The study also showed home care was approximately three times lower than assisted living and long-term care.

About We Care

We Care was founded in 1984 as a home-care service provider in Canada and has earned a three-year unconditional accreditation from Accreditation Canada. With more than 50 locations, each office is linked by technology and a proven management system, to ensure national standards are delivered with local passion. We Care offers nursing, personal support, homemaking, cleaning and companionship services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Giving elderly the option of staying at home and living their lives with greater independence and comfort, equates to a better quality of life. For more information visit: www.wecare.ca

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