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Jonathan Marchand, a 43-year-old man living with muscular dystrophy, protested in a cage near the Québec legislature, in Québec City, on Aug. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger

Warehousing disabled people in long-term care homes needs to stop. Instead, nationalize home care.

We must support disabled people’s call to abolish long-term care and develop a national home care, palliative care and pharmacare system that funds and prioritizes their desire to live in communities.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., in December 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadians want home care, not long-term care facilities, after COVID-19

A study shows the COVID-19 pandemic has made Canadians fear sub-standard and dangerous living conditions in nursing homes. They want home care, and tax policies that will support it.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility in Scarborough, Ont. on Dec. 29, 2020. This LTC home has been hit hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Enabling better aging: The 4 things seniors need, and the 4 things that need to change

Canadians are living longer, but are they living well? The challenges to aging well go beyond the problems in long-term care. Substantial change to Canada’s support service systems is long overdue.
Life Care Center in Washington state was at the center of the U.S. outbreak back in early March. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Why some nursing homes are better than others at protecting residents and staff from COVID-19

While nursing homes have accounted for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in some states, they’ve barely been a factor in others. Three experts explain why.
Because support from specialized professionals and technologies is often accessed through schools, families of children with disabilities may find childcare and education particularly challenging during COVID-19 school closures. (Shutterstock)

Children with disabilities face health risks, disruption and marginalization under coronavirus

COVID-19 has left children with disabilities and their families lacking services, at risk for physical and mental health issues, and fearful of discriminatory choices for treating critical illness.
Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce. Shutterstock

More carers’ leave may help Australians look after elderly parents and stay in work

A new system of carers’ leave would allow middle-aged Australians to care for their ageing parents while staying in the workforce.
More older Americans are opting to die at home, often with the emotional support of a home care worker. Alexander Raths/shutterstock.com

‘Unskilled’ immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans

More than one-quarter of home care workers are born outside of the U.S. Stricter immigration laws could make it harder to find people to do this aide work.
Home care providers’ profits are growing but many older Australians are missing out on quality care. The Conversation / Shutterstock

Confused about aged care in the home? These 10 charts explain how it works

This week the aged care royal commission heard evidence of long waits for home care, poorly trained staff and high fees. These 10 charts explain how the system works and why it’s under such pressure.
Many older Australians prefer to stay at home than enter residential aged care – but the process of securing home care is riddled with complexities. From shutterstock.com

As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

An elderly lady needs to change the time a carer visits to help her shower. The reality of today’s market-driven home care system means she has to call a centralised 1800 number to arrange this.

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