Long-term care is in crisis – and it has been for years. Decades of underfunding, understaffing, and a focus on profit instead of care have left the system tragically unprepared for the health crisis we’re facing with COVID-19.
It is time to recognize long-term care for what it is: health care. And it’s time for the government to start treating long-term care the same way, by making it an accessible, publicly funded, and universal service just like visiting a hospital or a family doctor.
Our seniors and long-term care residents deserve a care system that puts their needs first. Long-term care workers deserve a living wage, benefits, and a safe and secure job. All Canadians deserve national standards of care and stable funding so that residents and workers in long-term care homes can be safe and healthy and live with dignity.
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