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Long-Term Care Systemic Failings: Two Decades of Staffing and Funding Recommendations

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) has advocated for changes in the long-term care sector for two decades, with the goal of enhancing outcomes for residents, their families and the staff that care for them. Many of RNAO’s recommendations relate to staffing and the funding models required, ensuring safe, evidence-based resident care. We have also reiterated the need for a skill mix that reflects the increasing acuity of the residents that currently live in Ontario's long-term care homes, as well as funding models that address their needs. 

To better inform the current discussion on changes in long-term care, RNAO has compiled reports, submissions and backgrounders, as well as a public inquiry and a coroner's inquest, that have identified problems and provided solutions to the issues in LTC over the past 20 years. 

RNAO identified 35 reports available online related to staffing and funding models in long-term care, from 1999 to 2020. This list is not exhaustive, however reflects the consistent demand for attention to staffing numbers, staff mix and professional practice along with funding support to ensure safe, competent, evidence-based person-centred care. 

Read the full report.

Read our media release on the report.

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Last Updated: 
2020-06-05