Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released an update today to the report Placement, Drugs and Therapy…We Can Do Better released by the Office of the Seniors Advocate in April 2015. The progress report highlights that some improvements are being made in the provisions of rehabilitative therapies to seniors in residential care, as well as the use of antipsychotic medications. Data also show that the premature placement of seniors into residential care is also declining.
The progress report uses health assessment data for 27,000 seniors in residential care for 2015/16. The data show the following changes since 2013/14:
- A decrease of 9.6% in potentially inappropriate admission to residential care
- An increase of 7.8% in the percentage of residential clients receiving physiotherapy
- An increase of 10.6% in the percentage of residential clients receiving recreational therapy
- A decrease of 16.9% in the percentage of residential clients receiving occupational therapy
- No change in the percentage of residential clients receiving speech therapy
- A decrease of 14.2% in the potentially inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs