Three days after deploring the Legault government’s lack of significant investment in home care in Minister Girard’s economic update, the Réseau FADOQ applauds Quebec’s injection of $100 million to improve the supply of home care services.
The country’s largest seniors’ organization believes this announcement will help repair the break in the continuum of care caused by the health crisis.
“There has been a big disruption in the continuum of care since the beginning of the pandemic. Our members have seen a significant decline in their home care service. In the current context, this recurrent funding from the Québec government will put a balm on the nightmare experienced by many seniors,” says the president of the Réseau FADOQ, Gisèle Tassé-Goodman.
A gap to close with other OECD countries
The Réseau FADOQ stresses that Quebec has a significant gap to make up in terms of investment in home care services compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
Quebec spends 1.3% of its gross domestic product on long-term care for seniors, which is well below the average of 1.7% reported by other OECD countries. The Réseau FADOQ finds this incomprehensible since Québec is one of the most rapidly aging societies in the West.
“This is a good signal, but we must continue our efforts, especially since the vast majority of Quebecers want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Home care is a human approach that merits great consideration. Today’s announcement will help raise the Quebec average,” says Ms. Tassé-Goodman.