Long-Term Care

We humbly suggest:

  • High quality long-term care should be available and affordable to all Canadians.

Supporting Research

People Over Paperwork
Brian Dijkema, Johanna Lewis
November 12, 2019
Workers in Ontario’s long-term care homes provide care and support for thousands of seniors every day—but there are not nearly enough of them.  The demand for long-term care beds is rising, yet care workers' wages have fallen. Increased regulation, meanwhile, is forcing these workers to spend more time filling out paperwork, taking time away from hands-on care for residents.  This report examines the labour market challenges facing Ontario's long-term care workers and urges government to join long-term care employers and labour in implementing solutions.
Exit Covid: What have we learned, and where should Canada be focusing post-pandemic?
Robert Joustra
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?
Response to NDP Plan for Long-Term Care
Johanna Lewis, Brian Dijkema
November 5, 2020
There is broad consensus that action is desperately needed in the long-term care system. 

Explorations

Health By Numbers
Comment
Bob Cutillo
January 23, 2014
Are statistics becoming more important than people?
The <i>Chronic Condition</i> of Canada's Health Care
Catherine Fraser
October 4, 2012
Those in power are implored to be candid with the Canadian public, to express the unpalatable truths that will hasten reform. There remains a disconnect between Canadians' understanding of the situation and the realities that health policy leaders have long faced.
Toward a Contemporary Confession of Good Medicine
Comment
Emmy Yang, Ben Frush, Brewer Eberly
June 3, 2021
Three practitioners speak.

Media Coverage

What will Ontario’s long-term care system look like post-pandemic?
Global News
December 5, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on obvious failures in long-term care in Ontario and across Canada, experts say change will require a re-imagining of the entire system in addition to ambitious reforms. Cardus's Johanna Lewis spoke with Global news, "It’s tragic that it took a pandemic for people to really start to pay attention to the problems that are happening in long-term care, but I do see a very good opportunity for change; for not just tweaks to the system, but for real, deep reform, bold reform." 
What is Canada's COVID-19 Exit Strategy?
AM640
April 13, 2020
What might be the best way forward?  Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings joins the John Oakley Show to discuss. Current conversations about the "side effects" of COVID-19 are centred around economic effects. But that isn't the only impact of the measures to reduce the number of deaths from the pandemic. There will be short-term, direct deaths from the disease, and there will be long-term deaths from the complications of both the disease and the actions taken to slow its spread. Ray and John discuss ways to shift our collective thinking to big picture and long-term to protect life the best ways possible.
COVID-19 exit strategy
AM770 CHQR Calgary
April 13, 2020
We're hearing heart-wrenching stories of people passing away alone, without their families able to be near them amid the COVID-19 protection measures. "The strategy that we've been using for dealing with COVID-19 has entirely been focused around the public sphere of dying ... Public health is important and no one wants to see death unnecessarily.  "However, the purpose of living is not breathing, it's being alive. And you need to as you balance out your protection of unnecessary death, you need to look at the costs that are there and also look at the reason why you're doing it, and that is to enable life.  "And certainly finding ways in which we don't die alone and have our dearest ones with us around our deathbed. To tell them I love you, to tell them that you're going to be okay, to comfort them and to squeeze them is certainly a pretty essential part of life. And I don't think we're weighing those factors adequately into our conversation." notes Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of Cardus, as he joins the Danielle Smith Show. Listen in as they dive into the difficult, but important discussion around the "side effects" of the measures Canada is taking to fight COVID-19.

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