Long-term care should be central election issue health experts say

Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen

It’s time to stop focusing all our municipal election thoughts on development and transportation and make candidates talk about long-term care, health experts say. A panel at the McNabb Community Centre on Monday evening advised voters to ask about nursing homes and other issues facing the elderly. Nursing homes have a lot at stake this fall, said Susan Braedley, who teaches at Carleton University and studies nursing homes. “First of all, Ottawa is fortunate in that we have four nursing homes that are opened by the municipality. We have an opportunity to really consider what kind of care we feel our seniors deserve and what care we can provide. That is very much on the municipal scene,” she said.

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