Survey results that found LTC homes don’t provide safe care will shape new standards

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Canada’s long-term care homes do not currently provide safe, reliable care, and they must put residents’ needs and rights first, according to survey respondents who helped shape new standards of care.

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The survey was conducted by the National Institute on Aging and will inform new national standards being prepared by the Health Standards Organization’s National Long-Term Care Service Standards Technical Committee.

Of the 16,093 respondents to the survey, 67.3 percent did not feel that long-term care homes in Canada provide safe, reliable and high-quality care.

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The number was 75.7 percent higher for those who self-identified as family members, friends or unpaid caregivers for a long-term care resident.

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Last year the Liberal minority government asked the Health Standards Organization to refresh its standards for long-term care.

The first draft of the new standards will be released to the public early next year.

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