For example, PCBF needs to promote aging in place so a resident can stay in the same facility from the time of initial placement to end-of-life care. The funding model also needs to adapt to better suit smaller footprint care homes — because residents overwhelmingly prefer more home-like settings, or even smaller home-like ‘pods’ within a larger facility. PCBF also needs to work as well in rural settings as does in large urban areas.

PCBF will need to accommodate new staffing models across more types of buildings. And it will need to be flexible enough to allow operators to adjust to labour market issues such as worker shortages.

As we look ahead to strengthening PCBF in Alberta, CHAA is strongly recognized as a subject matter expert on health economics and facility operations. Our involvement in re-examining PCBF will ensure the model continues to serve residents well. Ideally the funding model should promote compassionate care delivery, adequate staffing hours, and attention to the care needs of distinct populations such as those with dementia, frailty, mental health challenges, and social isolation from loved ones.