Ownership model didn’t drive heartbreaking LTC outcomes
Re Reforming LTC starts with Revera, Oct. 11
I agree with John Anderson’s perspective that the pandemic has disproportionately affected elders in our country. There is an urgent need for reform in the long-term-care sector. Many of us in the private sector have long been sounding the drumbeat of the need for change and innovation, and making significant investments in areas, such as redeveloping older, long-term care homes, for decades.
I am disappointed that Anderson fails to recognize that the ownership model did not drive heartbreaking outcomes in long-term care. Analysis show the biggest factors driving the impact of the pandemic in long-term care were community spread and aging buildings that provide less opportunity for social distancing.
I should note that, contrary to the piece, Revera is not publicly owned. And we cannot profit from care; government funding must be spent on care or returned.
Thomas Wellner, Revera