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CF quoted on hospital fines

Board Director Shelley Birenbaum quoted by CBC Windsor regarding hospital fines. “Shelley Birenbaum, the director at Concerned Friends, said that older people are a group that are constantly being placed last in line. “I have great sympathy for the hospitals but this is not the problem …

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Our first ever Long Term Care Awareness Day!

We are thrilled to announce that Concerned Friends has established a Long Term Care Awareness Day on November 22nd and this year marks our inaugural recognition day! We feel strongly that it is so important for more and more people to understand what is at …

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Canadian Government Consultation on Ageism

The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum (the Forum) is conducting an online questionnaire to learn more about ageism in Canada and is asking the public to share their experiences with ageism. The World Health Organization defines ageism as “the stereotypes (how …

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Submission on Bill 7

The provincial government has proposed new legislation to be passed within a short time frame, disingenuously titled “More Beds, Better Care Act.” The Act would give new powers to force the elderly and persons with disabilities who are waiting in hospitals into long-term care homes …

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2021 Inspections Report Card

For many years, Concerned Friends has been reporting on the government-mandated inspections within the 627 long-term care facilities located across Ontario. In 2021, the number of inspections completed (1,787) decreased slightly from the previous year (1,886). However, in both years, the number of inspections was …

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Election Toolkit

The Ontario Provincial Election is fast approaching (Thursday June 2, 2022) and the good news is that long-term care is addressed in the platforms of all the major parties. The bad news is that there is no consensus on how to fix this very broken …

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Letter to Minister Calandra

Concerned Friends implores the Minister of Long-Term Care to reinstate vaccine requirements and to continue and enhance mask mandates in long-term care. Click here to see the letter.


Submission on Fixing the Long-Term Care Act

Concerned Friends submitted comments and recommendations on the proposed Phase 1 Regulations under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021. For a copy of Concerned Friends submission click here. Our 26 recommendations fall under the following key areas. Accountability, Enforcement, and Transparency Definition of Not-for-Profit Homes Diversity …

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2022 Provincial Budget Consultations Submission

Concerned Friends participated in the 2022 Budget Consultations with a submission that outlined recommendations for bringing Ontario long-term care homes to an acceptable standard. Click here to see the submission. Our submission focused on three key areas: Increase Accountability and Enforcement Advance Quality and Safety …

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