Drafted in conjunction with the OHC by University of Toronto Health Policy Students
Jinyu Jing, Charlotte Pape, Maleeha Shams, Chuqiao Yan Feb.16, 2018
With an aging population, complex care needs, and increased incidence of dementia, the need for safe and appropriate care in Ontario is growing, yet there is no current plan to meet these requirements. Wait lists for long-term care number 34,000 and families are suffering, sometimes for years, without support. While every day tremendous compassion is demonstrated in long-term care homes across our province, there are persistent and pervasive problems, including: systemic inadequacy of care levels; homes working short-staffed; insufficient training and support to provide care for those with behavioural issues, and; shocking levels of fatal violence.
Care relationships in long-term care are central to treating long-term care residents, staff and families with dignity and respect.