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Health System Use by Frail Ontario Seniors: An In-Depth Examination of Four Vulnerable Cohorts


While the majority of older adults will remain relatively independent as they age, there are important concerns related to those who have particularly heavy care needs or inadequate support. This report provides an in-depth description of Ontario health system use by four vulnerable groups: (1) older women; (2) community-dwelling older adults with dementia; (3) medically complex home care clients discharged from acute care hospitals; and (4) older adults newly placed in long-term care. The report allows for visual comparisons of each group’s health and functional status, health service use over time, and access to caregiver support.



Bronskill SE, Camacho X, Gruneir A, Ho MM, editors. November 2011.

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