Publicly funding the full cost of residential long-term care across Canada is the best way to meet the needs of our aging population. Canada can improve the lives of seniors.
Did you know?
- The federal government has never provided dedicated funding, introduced national standards, or developed a national strategy for long-term care.
- Some provinces may cover part of the cost of a long-term care bed, while others provide none at all. Out-of-pocket fees for residents can be as high as $40,000 a year.
- Wait lists for long-term care are lengthy. The construction of new facilities isn’t keeping pace with the growing aging population. This problem will worsen since 25 per cent of Canada’s population will be over 65 by 2036.
- For-profit long-term care homes are more expensive, have lower staffing levels, deliver poorer quality of care, and don’t reinvest profits in facility improvements. This is a concern given that the number of for-profit homes is on the rise.
- Residents are entering long-term care frailer and with more complex conditions. Care needs are higher, yet homes are chronically understaffed. More staffing is needed to deliver the care that residents deserve and to prevent workplace injuries and violence.