A new study shows one in ten people who moved into a personal care home in Manitoba may have be able to live in supportive housing instead.
That’s according to the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.
Supportive housing is a government-sponsored, community-based alternative to personal care where you must be deemed eligible, both medically and financially, to live there. It is not the same as private 55+ housing.
Lead author Malcolm Doupe says supportive housing is for people that need 24-hour support, but not 24-hour hands on care.
“Using me as an example… I may need a little bit of help in the morning, for example, setting my clothes out to get dressed in the morning. I may have a few cognitive challenges – I forget things momentarily, but when I’m reminded, I’m back on track again. That’s the type of person supportive housing is there for,” he said.
The centre studied people who moved into supportive housing and personal care homes between 2006 and 2011.
It concluded more supportive housing could relieve some of the pressure on personal care homes.
Ten per cent of the people who lived in supportive housing never had to move into personal care. Those who did move had a shorter stay.
It suggests many more people could have moved into supportive housing instead of personal care. Ten per cent of people who entered a PCH during the time of the study had similar needs to those admitted into supportive housing.
But the report says changes would have to made, including making it more affordable for lower-income people.
“Get the pay inequity out of the road so people can go to where their needs are best met without having to worry about affordability,” he said.