Home care needs of many Canadians go unmet: StatCan

Hundreds of thousands who require care receive none

OTTAWA – A new study by Statistics Canada has found the needs of many Canadians who require home care for long-term illnesses, aging or disabilities aren’t being fully met.

A 2012 survey found 792,000 Canadians aged 15 years and older who require home care reported their needs were only partly met or not met at all.

That compares to 1.8 million care recipients who said they got all the care they needed.

The agency’s survey did not count people living in institutions or long-term care facilities.

Of the Canadians whose needs weren’t being met, about 461,000 said they did not receive any care.

Another 331,000 people said they were getting some care but not all that they needed.