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Government’s response to crisis in long-term care must include robust data-driven change

By Carole Estabrooks      

When a supportive system based on good data works for the managers and staff, the residents have better care, the long-term care system is healthier—and we all do better.

The Royal Society report recommends that federal support of the long-term care sector must be tied to requirements for data collection in all appropriate spheres that are needed to effectively manage and support long-term care homes and their residents and staff, writes Carole Estabrooks. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

More than 19,000 people in Canada have died from COVID-19—more than 17,000 of them aged over 60 years. The majority of those deaths occurred in long-term care homes. This crisis continues now, even after governments and operators have put in place emergency strategies and, in some jurisdictions, creative solutions to address staff shortages. For example, offering to pay relatives to provide care, creating new support roles with free training and providing salary top-ups.

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