Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
While Canada has done well compared to countries like the U.S. and the U.K. in containing COVID-19, rates of infection and deaths are higher than in many similar western democracies. Why?
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomena, heat is a silent killer. The COVID-19 pandemic could make that worse.
A research project may offer insight into how factors like laundry, food and art may be good places to start in addressing problems in long-term care homes.
The extraordinary scope and scale of the COVID-19 disaster at Canada's long-term care centres would seem to warrant a public inquiry. But there are no guarantees there will actually be one.