Long-term care was in crisis even before the onset of COVID-19
Four in five long-term care homes say they struggle to fill shifts, while nearly half of LTC staff report working short-staffed every day, writes Johanna Wolfert in the Ottawa Citizen.
"In times of crisis, it’s crucial we give special care to the vulnerable among us. Front-line workers in LTC homes have been coming in every day — pandemic or no pandemic — to provide this care. These workers have done so despite serious challenges crippling the LTC system, including declining wages for workers, inconsistent and redundant paperwork, uneven access to time-saving technology, and low attraction and retention of staff."