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If you were to ask your elderly patients where they would prefer to live in the event of significant illness or disability, most would probably say they wished to remain at home for as long as possible.
MD, MSc, FRCPC
It is well documented that, throughout North America, a large percentage of elderly clients (10-52%) do not have the medical need or are not sufficiently disabled to justify placement in high level of care settings such as a nursing home (NH).
Part of the elderly population is not visible within our communities. Older individuals may become homebound and unable to leave their residences to seek out the care and assistance they need to cope with daily living.
Mom and Dad are getting older, and guess what? You may be looking after them one day!
Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization (PATH): A New Model for Decision-Making in Frail Older Adults