The Deadly Cost of Delayed Response to Safety Upgrades in Long Term Care

Since the beginning of the COVOD-19 pandemic, almost half of Ontario’s long-term care homes have suffered outbreaks. For some facilities, only a few residents contracted the virus eventually having a full recovery. For other long term care homes, as many as 45 per cent of their residents died from the virus.

Data recently analyzed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Marketplace reveals that the structure of the facilities themselves may be a contributing factor that helps explain this huge disparity.

In 1998, the Ontario government mandated that long term care home bedrooms should house no more than two residents.  Owners and operators of long term care facilities have had 22 years to carry out these safety upgrades. The non-compliance of this mandate has had a devastating impact resulting in an extremely tragic outcome.

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