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Why we need more workers to care for our elderly loved ones

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In recent weeks, you may have seen ads — tellthemtocare.ca — that call attention to the crisis-conditions in long-term care and nursing homes due to the unwillingness to hire more front-line staff and support workers. The ads are deliberately provocative because this situation, as often reported on in the Hamilton Spectator, requires urgent attention.

Most of Ontario's senior care homes are managed by just four corporations — Extendicare, Chartwell, Revera and Sienna. These companies are popular among investors on Bay Street. But how many of these investors would choose to let a parent or loved one live in a facility in their final years of life?

In 2018, the CEO of Extendicare was paid over $5 million — a jump from $3.9 million the year prior. Meanwhile, elderly residents in their facilities regularly have their diapers rationed.

There's also Chartwell, whose CEO took home $2.5 million last year. At the same time, these homes spent less than $10 a day on food for each resident. That's less than what we, as a society, pay to feed prisoners.

Revera is........

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