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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 Barrie couple, Allister and Marion McKerrill, who, after having been married for 69 years, and who together spent 30 years fundraising for the nursing home in which Allister now lives, have been separated into different long-term care residences.  His wife has entered a nursing home across town.

Wait times of 3.5 to 5 years in the industry are not uncommon, and waitlists are expected to reach 50,000 seniors in only five years.

In this case, differing needs and a system which does not allow individual homes to have a say or use their own discretion in cases like the McKerroll's, husband and wife are now located a city drive apart.  While the system allows it, most would agree that this is not a reasonable end-of-life arrangment.

Former Deputy Premier Christine Elliott is now the Provincial Patient Ombudsman and is aware of the situation.  She says that in most cases, a resolution can be found within 30 days.

The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors along with the OLTCA have asked the Liberal government to begin immediately to address the shortage by adding a minimum of 2,500 beds in the upcoming budget.

It will be interesting to see what the already cash-strapped government will do.

 


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