The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada’s elders and long-term care (LTC) facilities, with a disproportionate number of outbreaks and deaths. We know, however, that many issues in LTC that were exposed during the pandemic have been long-standing in these institutions, including unappetizing meals, infrequent baths, overmedication, and inadequate personal care. Recommendations from provincial and national inquiries to date on COVID-19 impacts in LTC speak to the need to systemic and structural changes in how we care for Canada’s elders.
The Standards Council of Canada, Health Standards Organization and Canadian Standards Association are developing two new national standards for LTC that are shaped by the needs of residents, families and the LTC workforce.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HSO will be revising the current Long-Term Care Services standard (last updated in 2020) to bring the voice of residents, families and the LTC workforce to the forefront of developing safe, reliable and high-quality care practices.
The voices of family doctors need to be heard in this conversation. Your responses will help shape what an future state of LTC ought to look like in Canada.
You can learn more and complete the survey here.