The Data: Long-Term Care in Ontario
The evidence behind why we need a more modern, high-quality and responsive long-term care system.
The size and complex care needs of Ontario’s aging population is rapidly growing.
One in 5 seniors over the age of 80+ have complex care needs that require long-term care, but our system was not built for current or future care needs.
Today, almost 40,000 people are waiting for long-term care. This waitlist has nearly doubled over the past 10 years and it is expected to grow, adding 1,000 people per year and reaching 48,000 by 2029.
Plus, long-term homes do not have enough staff because of the health human resources crisis happening across the broader health system and around the world.
We need to revitalize long-term care to meet the complex care needs of our growing seniors’ population.