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Long-Term Worries: Testing New Policy Options for Financing Long-Term Care

Long-Term Worries: Testing New Policy Options for Financing Long-Term Care

Colleen Flood

Canada’s aging population is putting pressure on our outdated health care system. The realities of population aging mean our system must evolve to be a long-term care system. It needs to shift its focus from hospitals and physicians towards a far greater reliance on community care, home care, and nursing homes. Strains are already evident: long wait times for nursing homes and home care, increasing complexity of care needs for the lucky who have secured public LTC beds, persistently high numbers of patients in acute care hospitals who need LTC, and spill-over to private retirement homes for increasingly complex care. Canadians are rightly anxious about access to and the quality of care they will receive in later life.


Recent Publications

Assessing Cash-for-Care Benefits to Support Aging at Home in Canada
Colleen Flood et al. Institution for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). (OPEN ACCESS)

Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care
Colleen Flood (co-author). Royal Society of Canada. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Relationships between work outcomes, work attitudes and work environments of health support workers in Ontario long-term care and home and community care settings
Ivy Bourgeault (co-author). Human Resources for Health. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)


Recent Media

Canada needs to start taking long-term care more seriously
w/ Colleen Flood. Globe and Mail. July 2020.

C.D. Howe Crisis Working Group Report: A Tale of Two Epidemics: Why Seniors’ Care in Canada was So Hard Hit
Colleen Flood (co-author). June 2020.

We Must Act Now to Prevent a Second Wave of Long-Term Care Deaths
Colleen Flood (co-author). Royal Society of Canada. June 2020.

Long-term care work deserves our respect
Ivy Bougreault. Policy Options. June 2020.

"Boomerangst": Affording an Aging Population and Long Term Care
Michael Wolfson. Centre4GlobalStudies. June 2020.

Long-term care work is essential but essentially under-recognized
Ivy Bougreault. Policy Options. May 2020.

The future of long-term care homes
w/ Colleen Flood. CBC Radio. April 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on seniors: Lessons to be learned
Martine Lagacé. Blog. April 2020.

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