Nursing Transitional Care : Bridging The Gaps

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Geriatric Transitional Care: Bridging the Gaps
Ageing is becoming a priority issue in Canada, and healthcare systems are investing large amount of money to enhance the quality of life for baby boomers. The present life expectancy in Canada has reached 80.9 years (Public Health Agency, 2011). According to this estimation, older adults will make up to 18% of the total population by 2021; an equivalent to 6.7 million people. (Rivard & Buchanan, 2006; Smith, 2012). This data highlights the probability of problems that can be caused due to the increased ratio of dependent population which are an older adults. Physiological changes associated with an aging make older adults more reliant on health care services for the treatments and better quality of life while ageing. It is estimated that 74-90% of older adults struggle with at least one chronic condition in Canada (Smith, 2012). The accompanying cost with these diseases are $ 190 billion out of which $ 90 billion is goes directly toward treatment measures (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2011). As a result, the healthcare system is facing many complex challenges relating to improving quality of life for baby boomers and lowering health care costs.
Elderly population is becoming more and more dependent on health care system in Canada, though, this is mostly knotted to the recent demographic shift in the country. The Western health care system has put a large focus in identifying gaps in provision of care and reason behind…
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