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‘Broken system’: Lawyers fighting for reform in retirement homes and long-term care facilities

Thousands of COVID deaths have highlighted systemic flaws in elder care, say lawyers

‘Broken system’: Lawyers fighting for reform in retirement homes and long-term care facilities
Melissa Miller is a Toronto-based personal injury lawyer and partner at Howie Sacks and Henry LLP pursues cases, from Ontario to B.C., around breaches of the standard of care in long-term care homes, retirement homes and assisted-living facilities.

In mid-April, Dr. Theresa Tam announced that half of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths had stemmed from outbreaks in long-term care facilities and retirement homes. By May 6, a total of 3,436 long-term care residents and six staff members had died of COVID-19, representing 82 per cent of Canada’s deaths. In Ontario, 300 homes have seen outbreaks. Quebec reported 273 separate facilities with outbreaks before they stopped releasing lists of affected homes on April 30. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared that, in his province, “the system is absolutely broken.”  

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