Report shows innovative approaches needed to address realities of aging
TORONTO, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Long-term senior care is not an immediate
priority for national agendas and has the potential to overwhelm the
healthcare systems of many countries, including Canada, according to
KPMG's Global Healthcare Practice Report. The report also shows that
diverse approaches are urgently needed to address the pending surge in
An Uncertain Age: Reimagining Long-Term Care in the 21st Century, a report commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singapore-based philanthropic
organization, and researched by KPMG, reveals that although an aging
population has been identified as a key issue worldwide and in Canada,
strategies to address it are fragmented and erratic.
Healthcare delivery models need to change, while resource challenges,
including low availability of long-term elderly care services and a
dwindling healthcare workforce, must be addressed before the healthcare
system reaches a critical level, according to the report.
According to the Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD), the number of citizens world-wide aged 60 and above will more
than double to two billion from 2012 to 2050; however countries aren't
moving fast enough to respond to the specialized care needed for an
The OECD also points out that the number of Canadian seniors ages 65 to
79 is expected to rise from almost 15 per cent in 2009, to more than 25
per cent in 2050 while those 80 years and older will grow from around
five per cent to a little over 10 per cent in the same period of time.
"The reality is that while we know the population is aging and will
impact on our healthcare system, efforts to address this challenge have
been sporadic and insufficient," said Georgina Black, National Health
Sector Lead, KPMG. "Now is the time for a national conversation about
elder care and to develop new approaches to ensure the growing senior
population in Canada receives the treatment, care and attention it
needs and deserves."
Healthcare thought leaders surveyed for the report believe new
strategies to ensure our healthcare infrastructure can withstand and
successfully address the changes are needed.
"Multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary teamwork should form the
backbone of the long-term care system," said Dr. Dennis Kodner,
International Visiting Fellow, The King's Fund, Canada. "Building the
most effective interpersonal and inter-organizational long-term care
models among and between professionals, agencies and institutions
should be a priority."
The report identifies 10 areas of action to shape a positive future for
Deliver person-centered care
Rethink medical care
Look beyond institutional boundaries to the community
Invest in the formal and informal workforce
Focus on outcomes
Develop better funding models
Carry out more research
Change attitudes to aging
"Long-term care receives little attention and investment in Canada and
around the world," said Dr. Wai Chiong Loke, Director, KPMG's
Healthcare Advisory for Singapore and Asia-Pacific. "This report shows
that improving cultural attitudes and increasing healthcare funding and
management will ensure that elderly citizens can and will lead
dignified and fulfilling lives."
The time is now for governments to act and implement healthcare reforms
and new delivery models to ensure the aging Canadian population
receives the proper treatment to live healthier lives.
About the Report
The Lien Foundation commissioned KPMG International to produce An Uncertain Age: Reimagining Long-Term Care in the 21st Century to inform and stimulate the global dialogue in long-term elderly care.
The report includes selected comments and opinions from 46 thought
leaders, professionals and practitioners in the aged care sector in
selected countries, gained through a series of face-to-face and
telephone interviews KPMG conducted between August and September 2012.
KPMG LLP, an Audit, Tax and Advisory firm (kpmg.ca) and a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the
laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International
Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG member firms around the world
have 152,000 professionals, in 156 countries.
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About the Lien Foundation
The Lien Foundation (www.lienfoundation.org) is a Singapore philanthropic house noted for its model of radical
philanthropy. It breaks new ground by investing in innovative
solutions, convening strategic partnerships and catalyzing action on
social and environmental challenges.
The Foundation seeks to foster exemplary early childhood education,
excellence in elder care and effective environmental sustainability in
water and sanitation. They support innovative models of elder care,
advocate better care for the dying and greater attention on dementia
Since 2005, the Foundation has harnessed IT for capacity building and
enhanced the quality of care in healthcare non-profits like hospices
and nursing homes. In 2010, the Foundation commissioned the first-ever
global Quality of Death index ranking 40 countries on their provision
of end of life care. It has published research that unveiled the views
and perspectives of doctors and thought leaders on what they thought
would improve end-of-life care in Singapore.
SOURCE: KPMG LLP
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