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Flowers sit on a bench in front of a for-profit long-term care home in Pickering, Ont., where dozen of seniors died of COVID-19, in April 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario election gives voters the chance to choose people over profits in long-term care

Ontario voters can bring about change by prioritizing people over profits and casting our ballots for those committed to transforming long-term care into a non-profit model focused on care.
A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside a long-term care home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Omitting indoor air quality from COVID-19 guidance for shelters and long-term care homes is a grave mistake

Residents of group homes and long-term care are at high risk for COVID-19. But an important aspect has been left out of Public Health Ontario’s guidance for these facilities: indoor air quality.
Our healthcare system needs to respond in a more just, inclusive, caring and timely way to allow in-person final goodbyes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

People should be allowed to visit, say goodbye to those who are dying during COVID-19

Our health-care system needs to respond in a more just, inclusive, caring and timely way to allow in-person final goodbyes from those who matter most to those at the end of life.
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.
The isolation of long-term care homes to protect residents from COVID-19 revealed how much care was coming from visiting family members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Long-term care after the COVID-19 disaster: 3 promising ways to move forward

Research on the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 in long-term care homes is shedding light on avenues for positive change.
In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues. (Shutterstock)

Seniors have a right to express their sexuality in long-term care homes, but staff need guidance

In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues.
Paramedics walk gurneys back to a multi-patient transport bus at Kingston General Hospital on April 30 after dropping off COVID-19 patients from the Toronto area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why Ontario had to transfer thousands of Toronto COVID-19 patients to other cities’ hospitals

The need to transfer 2,500 COVID-19 patients around Ontario, and bring in extra doctors from other provinces, exposes two fallacies about Canada’s health-care system.
A resident chats with workers at Orchard Villa Long-Term Care in Pickering, Ont., in June 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Resistance, innovation, improvisation: When governments fell short during COVID-19, long-term care workers stepped up

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the scarcity of resources in long-term care. But it has also revealed how staff are undervalued.
A personal support worker with West Neighbourhood House’s Parkdale Assisted Living Program on her way to see a resident at Toronto’s May Robinson apartments seniors’ housing on April 17 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care highlight the urgent need for paid sick leave

One of the factors that has made COVID-19 so catastrophic in long-term care homes was lack of paid sick leave for low-wage workers.
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.
Hospital support workers wave to cars honking their horns in support as the protest inequality for essential workers at Rouge Valley Hospital in Toronto in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Governments shouldn’t shield essential workers from COVID-19 lawsuits

Provinces shouldn’t prevent Canadians from seeking compensation if an essential service provider’s unreasonable acts cause COVID-19 infection.

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