Ontario’s long-term care system is paralysed, and failing its most vulnerable residents. More than 600 government-funded homes are supposed to provide high quality, around-the-clock care to the frail elderly. But a Metroland Special Report shows seniors stuck on record wait lists, entangled in bureaucracy and subject to pressure tactics that jeopardize their rights .
Ontario facts and figures
Long-term care homes: 625 homes / 75,829 long-stay residents
Number waiting for a bed: 25,206
Average Ontario wait time: 109 days
Per cent who get first choice of facility: 39.5
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