Long-term care crisis solutions at hand
All levels of government and hospital executives have known about the growing crisis in long-term care beds for years. They have chosen to do nothing about it. One in four beds in acute-care hospitals taken up with people who need to be somewhere else is scandalous. And the crisis is growing at an alarming rate. There are solutions, even at this late date.
One: Build more not-for-profit long-term care facilities. If we can afford a huge state-of-the-art mental health facility we can afford to build more long-term care facilities.
Two: Train specialized staff to care for dementia patients. Pay them well and make it a respected profession.
Three: Allow people NOW to make an advance request in their wills to access assisted death when they are in an advanced stage of dementia.
Beds at acute care hospitals would be freed up to treat acute care patients, EMS would not be waiting for hours to off-load patients because there are no beds, it would be more economical ($170 per day vs. $800), and it would be more humane. Do it NOW! Leslie Anderson, Hamilton