Building Better Long-Term CareSeniors in Ontario’s long-term care homes are older and more frail than any other cohort in the province’s history. There has been a shift in the health condition of these residents but we have only seen small changes in home design and service delivery. Big changes are needed.
The Facts Are Clear
Ontario’s long-term care homes are finding themselves increasingly constrained by a system designed for yesterday. Leaving them ill-equipped to meet the complex medical needs and number of today’s seniors.
- Residents exhibiting some form of cognitive impairment, with one in three being severely impaired. 90%
- Residents exhibiting aggressive behaviours stemming from their cognitive condition. 40%
- Percentage of residents completely dependent on staff. 33%
- Percentage of residents who use a wheelchair. 66%
The Ontario Long Term Care Association is lauding the Government of Ontario’s 2017 Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario, calling it a significant step forward that will greatly improve care and supports for a growing number of frail seniors with complex medical needs.read more