Supportive Housing for Seniors: Reform Implications for Manitoba's Older Adult Continuum of Care

The older adult care continuum is generally comprised of home care services, community-based supportive housing, and personal care homes (PCHs). This research examines supportive housing and PCH use in the Winnipeg Health Region, first by identifying the proportion of newly admitted PCH residents who are clinically similar to most supportive housing tenants. We also compare some additional features of these groups, such as differences in user fees paid, differences in people’s informal support networks, and differences in their healthcare use patterns. Collectively, this research helps to define the potential for expanding supportive housing as an alternate to PCH use in Winnipeg, and identifies some of the more salient reform strategies required to help make this work.

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