Long-term care: choosing a home a game of Russian roulette

Dorothy Asselstine, The Ottawa Citizen

Dorothy Asselstine is a retired nurse and former board member of the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils. She has shared a room with her ailing husband, Dean, at Maxville Manor retirement home since 2009.

I didn’t think that a lot could go wrong when my husband and I moved into a long-term care home in 2009. Call me naïve, but being a retired nurse and living in Canada I thought we sould be okay. Which home to choose turns out to be like a game of Russian roulette. The home may have a polished web site that showcases an array of activities and amenities, but in reality there may be troublesome shortcomings. Fortunately our choice led us to one of the best among approximately 600 homes in Ontario. I can say this with confidence as I have researched results of inspections throughout the province.

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