Nursing Home Press Releases

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CIBC Study: Cost of Caring for Aged Parents: $33 Billion Annually

Posted on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  According to a recently released CIBC report (co-authored by noted economist Benjamin Tal), the cost of caring for aged parents is upward of $33 Billion annually. The overall cost total breaks down into $27 Billion in lost wages and vacations, and $6 Billion in direct out-of-pocket expenses. For CIBC's press release and associated media coverage and commentary, click on the links below:   CIBC Newswire Press Release Toronto Star Article Benefits Canada Article National… Read More.

Great Magazines For Seniors

Posted on Thu, April 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

While traditional print media is rapidly being replaced by onine videos and websites, many seniors have not fully embraced the internet experience.  In part, this may be practical as font sizes can be small and general busyness or screen glare can make reading difficult.  But more than that, many seniors yearn for the simple pleasures and joys of the "good old days" and are disinterested in 21st century pop or political culture.  But where can… Read More.

Ontario Needs More Beds

Posted on Thu, March 30, 2017 at 10:52 am

  Advocacy groups (and Nursing Home Ratings Inc. in a recent article on our site) and provincial opposition parties have been calling on the Wynne government to do something substantial about the present long-term care bed shortage in the province.  Currently at 26,500 beds, the shortfall is projected to nearly double to 50,000 in only six years.  The number of seniors in the province of Ontario that require access to nursing home care is getting… Read More.

Food Costs in Ontario Nursing Homes

Posted on Wed, March 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

It ought to come as a shock to you that the province of Ontario spends less money per person per day feeding seniors than it does prisoners.  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care currently has a $8.33/day food allotment for seniors in Long-Term Care homes, almost $1.50/day less than the amount alotted to prisoners in the province.  This issue was brought to light in a recent Toronto Star Article, the link to which is… Read More.

British Columbia Invests in 3 Million More Hours of Senior Care; $500 Million Investment Unveiled

Posted on Fri, March 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Seniors in long-term care homes across British Columbia are set to receive material benefits to their standard of living and care thanks to a new $500 Million government care plan. Health Minister Terry Lake unveiled the four-year plan that begins with an initial investment of $45 Million in 2017-'18 increasing to $185 Million by 2020-'21. Office of the Seniors Advocate BC (Seniors Advocate BC), led by Isobel Mackenzie, appear pleased with the deal. For more… Read More.

Ontario's Long-Term Care waitlist hits a new high of 26,500 seniors

Posted on Thu, March 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

  As the Province of Ontario's embarrassingly long wait list for long-term care beds grows longer, MPP and Ontario PC Critic for Long-Term Care and Serniors, Bill Walker, has lambasted the governing Liberal's policy as "shameful" and one which is "forcing senior couples into separation to get around the bed shortage". You can view Mr. Walker's media release here:   MPP Bill Walker In Question Period yesterday, March 8th, 2017, Walker cited the example of a… Read More.

Why Modernization of Nursing Homes' Matters

Posted on Mon, February 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

  If you have the time, interest, and inclination, a visit to the Ontario Long-Term Care Associations Action Plan website ( will reveal myriad interesting facts, statistics, analysis, and stories that relate to long term care in Ontario.  The Association represents nearly 70% of Ontario's 630 long-term care homes and provides services to nearly 100,000 residents. According to the Association, there are 35,000 seniors in Ontario that live in Long-Term care homes which have been… Read More.

Surveillance Cameras in Nursing Homes

Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

  The use of surveillance cameras in residential homes and around front doors is nothing new.  You can even find them in daycare centres, never tiring in their duty of keeping a watchful eye on toddlers as they play and colour and nap.   Certainly, the technology itself is not new.  But a recent movement to allow surveillance cameras in nursing homes is, and its catching many people's attention.  With that has come strong opinions… Read More.

Nursing Home Violence Apparently Claims Another Victim; Latest In Nova Scotia.

Posted on Thu, December 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Ivy Meadows home in Nova Scotia is the scene of what appears to be the eighth agression-related death in just the last eight years in Nova Scotia nursing homes. Police have opened a suspicious death investigation, but are sharing little other information with the public. Nurses and personal support workers have long been aware of agression and behavioural-telated problems linked to dementia.  And yet provinces continue to lack both strategy and funding to adequately deal… Read More.

Former Nurse Accused of Killing Eight Elderly Patients in Ontario Nursing Homes

Posted on Thu, December 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

  Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the 49-year old former nurse charged in late October with killing eight elderly residents at two Ontario nursing homes remains in custody.   Wettlaufer's story generated significant media interest and drew renewed attention to Canada's long-term care sector. Stories of untimely deaths and serious incidents in nursing homes across the country are commonplace, but the magnitude of this story has shocked Canadians.   A task force in 2012 suggests that about 20%… Read More.

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