Oct 25, 2017
By Michelle Saunders
Operators of eight long-term care homes in Toronto, housing nearly 13-hundred residents are intending to shut down and move their operations elsewhere. Six more are considered at risk of leaving. More than 300 long-term care homes across Ontario are slated for redevelopment over the coming decade to meet the new standards, and the one’s located in Toronto say the cost of conversion in Toronto is too expensive and the provincial government isn’t giving the homes an adequate subsidy to rebuild. Health Minister Eric Hoskins rejects the notion the provincial subsidy is inadequate for Toronto and says that some homes in the city are rebuilding. There is a chronic shortage of long-term care beds across the province, with some 28-thousand people currently on waiting lists for the 79-thousand spaces available. We speak with Bob Morton, the interim CEO of Advantage Ontario, who represents and supports community-based, not-for-profit organizations who support the best possible aging experience.