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The Big Idea: Help seniors age at home

“Seniors want to continue to live among young people and families—not just play golf or be entertained to death”
Rod Phillips in Toronto on June 5, 2020. (Steve Russell-Pool/Canadian Press)

Ontario proposes $1-million fines for long-term care homes that fail to meet standards

Politics Insider for Oct. 29, 2021: Nursing home operators could pay millions; Liberals get antsy; Manitoba gets stiffed
Centennial student, Jasmine Joseph in a clinical lab at the school for PSW workers. (Photograph by Carmen Cheung)

The push to fill Canada’s critical PSW shortage

New programs offering faster—and tuition-free—training are cropping up around the country. But are they enough?
Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her with their first in-person visit in a year after indoor visitation restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were lifted at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living facility primarily serving Japanese-American seniors, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 30, 2021. Residents, who have all been fully vaccinated, can visit with family for an hour at a time. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)

The joy and shock of face-to-face human contact

Image of the Week: Thanks to vaccination, a Seattle family’s long and painful separation ends in an eye-popping moment of delight
Paramedics take away a person from the Revera Westside Long Term Care Home during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Dec. 7, 2020 (CP/Nathan Denette)

COVID-19 in long-term care: a report from inside

Paul Wells: Commissioned by one of the country’s largest long-term care home operators, the report takes a hard look at what went wrong and how to fix it
Funeral home workers remove a body from the Centre d'hébergement de Sainte-Dorothée in Laval, Que., in April 2020 (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

The year of the pandemic has busted the myth that Canada values its seniors

Decades of promises to improve the quality of life of elderly Canadians have gone unfulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the ugly truth.
Ivy Metz, 86, smiles at her son Nick Metz as they visit separated by a plexiglass barrier at Lynn Valley Care Centre, in North Vancouver, on Friday, July 17, 2020. Visitors, who are screened on arrival, can now schedule to meet in a designated area with a physical barrier, however they aren't allowed to touch, hug or kiss. The seniors care home, which is now COVID-19 free, recorded Canada's first death from the virus on March 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Seniors deserve a life worth living during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our editorial: While physical isolation is key to the current approach to fighting COVID-19, it is also a significant causal factor in mental and physical problems among the elderly
Flowers sit on a bench in front of Orchard Villa care home in Pickering, Ont. on Apr. 27, 2020. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called in operational support from the Canadian Armed Forces for Orchard Villa and five other long-term care homes in Ontario (Frank Gunn/CP)

In 2007, Howard Hampton went on a tirade about long-term care. We all moved on.

Karl Bélanger: The main issue Howard Hampton raised 13 years ago, on a sunny October day just six days before the Ontario election, was that seniors were living in long-term-care homes in soiled diapers. It didn’t resonate much.
Ford leaves the podium after answering questions about a disturbing report from the Canadian military regarding five Ontario long-term-care homes on May 26, 2020 (Nathan Denette/CP)

The endless crisis in Ontario’s long-term care

Paul Wells: Ford has vowed to ’leave no stone unturned’. Here’s one expert’s view of how to fix a crisis that’s been unfolding for years.
A personal support worker with West Neighbourhood House's Parkdale Assisted Living Program, knocks on a resident's door at Toronto's May Robinson apartments, part of TCHC seniors housing, in Toronto, on Friday April 17 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

How the pandemic would have been different if PSWs were regulated

Laura Bulmer: Licensing PSWs would ensure they have standardized training and better pay. It would address the workforce shortages. Above all, it would help keep the public safe.