COVID-19 CHANGES NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON LONG TERM CARE , 75 PERCENT SAY IT NEEDS A MAJOR OVERHAUL: SURVEY

Jul 26, 2021

By Jane Brown

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It seems the pandemic has changed the way most Canadians think about their future with long-term care.

A new Angus Reid survey finds more than 80-percent of respondents say their views have changed since COVID-19 hit.

And about half of those surveyed say they now “dread” the thought of themselves or their loved ones being in long-term care.

Three-quarters of respondents say significant changes, if not a complete overhaul, should happen in long-term care, though responses were divided on how to do that.

Fifty-five per cent say they would be willing to pay an increase of two per cent in their tax rate to fund improvements to long-term care.

Three-quarters of respondents also say they would support making long-term care a fully integrated part of the public health system.

Long-term care residents have accounted for the majority of COVID-19 related deaths in Canada, primarily in the first and second waves.

Nursing home residents were the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 95 percent fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meantime, COVID 19 is being blamed for more deaths at a long term care home in Burlington.

Word from Halton Public Health, a total of five residents have died after contracting the virus at The Village of Tansley Woods on Upper Middle Road and Walkers Line.

An outbreak of the Delta variant was first declared there on June 28th.

In all, three staff members and 25 residents have contracted the virus at Tansley Woods.

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