Long-term-care houses of horror

Posted on March 9, 2021 in Child & Family Debates


ThePhilanthropist.ca – Philanthropist Journal
March 9, 2021.

Described as “houses of horror” in a November 2020 Toronto Life article, Canada’s long-term-care (LTC) homes continue to generate a flurry of media attention and scholarly research.

Survey results of 2,005 Canadians published by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) last week show that 81% of respondents, and 92% of respondents 65 and over, think the LTC crisis existed long before the pandemic.

In Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, nearly 100% of senior respondents said “they will do everything they can to avoid moving into an LTC home.” A new Long Term Care COVID-19 Tracker, updated twice a week, shows the wisdom of their resistance, province by province. As of March 5, 2021, the NIA had tracked 14,596 LTC-home deaths across the country.

According to an article in The Lancet, 80% of deaths in Canada’s first wave occurred in LTC homes – “the worst record among wealthy nations for COVID-19-related deaths” – and our “national disgrace” has continued to dog us into the second.

Sector News Digest – March 9, 2021

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