And, as people wait longer to have children they are simultaneously raising children and needing to care for their elderly loved ones. Preparing for the increased need for senior services must be addressed in the near future and from the lens that aging is not a disease. Five of the sixty two nursing homes use the labour relation services provided by the Horizon Health Network. The challenges can be summarized as chronic underfunding for supplies and wages; no funding for information technology and lack of sector support in the form of human resources or resident acuity measurement tools.
The potential of this finance model would not be restricted to nursing homes, but to the entire sector of healthy aging and care. As a historically underserved population, rural residents experience poorer health. This contributes to increased wait times and emergency room ER overcrowding, and affects the quality of care provided to all patients.