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.
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.
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.
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.