The business of seniors' care

As B.C.'s population ages, the number of seniors heading for long-term care is increasing and that's led to a booming business for operators. Those aged 65 and older make up about 15 per cent of B.C.'s population, but the number of seniors over the age of 85 is growing more than three times faster than the rest of the senior population. Most people over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, from home care to independent or assisted living, to residential care. While those who end up in residential care are a small fraction of the population, it's a huge business.

CBC News Vancouver, along with Business in Vancouver, take a look at the business behind caring for B.C.'s seniors, the companies that make their money caring for the elderly and why the system needs them.

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Report Seniors' care B.C. ombudsperson's report on the care of seniors

Nursing Hours of care Average nursing hours per resident in long-term care facilities

Care beds Publicly subsidized beds The number of publicly subsidized residential care beds by health authority

Funding Residential care Funding for residential care in B.C. by health authority

Wait list Waiting for beds The number of people waiting for placement in residential care by health authority

Days waited Subsidized care Average days waited for placement in subsidized residential care

Number of infractions at seniors long-term care facilities in the Lower Mainland.

Legend: 0-5 infractions= 0-5 infractions 6-10 infractions= 6-10 infractions 11+ infractions= 11+ infractions No data available= No data available