In a piece written for The End of Life Trainers Program I spoke a little about the demand side of the death and dying equation; “9.6 million Canadian baby boomers and 76.4 million American boomers head for the exit doors over the next decade and a bit.” The number of deaths per annum will increase to 450,000 nearly double the current rate in Canada.
Then I spoke a little bit about the supply of places to age and die; “We do not have enough space, beds or resources in place to handle this significant end of life challenge.” In terms of numbers for long term residential care funded partially of fully by the Province of BC this means we have 28,000 beds available with a waiting list to boot. If only 10% of the one million boomers in BC needs long term care that demand, 100,000 elders, is 225% greater than the beds we have available!
Next ingredient in this perfect storm – 40% of BC doctors are over the age of 65 and in the midst of retiring. Currently 700,000 British Columbians are without a family doctor. Add to this an already existing nursing shortage of approximately 1,600 nurses and we have a very real and serious labor shortage.
Here is a recap;
Demand for Health Care Services Rapidly Increasing
Supply of Beds Stable and over subscribed
Supply of Service Professionals Decreasing
Result:- The Perfect Storm in Healthcare
Given all this we do have an amazing opportunity to develop communities that would be actively involved as neighbours to create an environment of genuine care for and support of each other. To do this acheter cialis here are some possible solutions. One possible piece of the puzzle is to get people, families, and neighborhoods trained in the art of end of life care and support.
Another piece is to train our existing healthcare providers in end of life issues and self care as it relates to grief and loss.
Yet another piece is to adopt the attitude that the upcoming wave of death is an opportunity to develop a true and action oriented neighborhoods of care.
In order to do this a full on community education program could be developed in order that we can all die better!
The End of Life Train the Trainer Program is designed to;
- Support the learner through the online self-paced module of both End of Life Guide Training and Alive in Death Self-care Training
- Provide the learner with multimedia resources to enhance their learning
- Use the learning process as a tool to train the learner in the skills necessary to mentor others
- Access the learner’s knowledge and mentoring ability by a final program completion assignment
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