No more for-profit nursing homes under an NDP government, Horwath says

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario needs a lot more nursing homes run by local governments and non-profit groups, New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath says, instead of relying on profit-making private companies to fill in gaps left by public authorities. “They’re close to the community. They see what’s going on. So using community-based not-for-profit agencies as well as municipalities to be the deliverers of those services is something I see as being a priority,” Horwath said during an Ottawa swing this week. She spent part of it in the living room of NDP activist Emilie Taman in Old Ottawa South, hearing from people who have had loved ones living in long-term care homes. Five women, in fact, such as Doreen Rocque, whose husband Blake lived in long-term care for seven-and-a-half years because of his Parkinson’s. He had 70 falls — “seven-zero,” she emphasized — in six months at one point. Rocque is now the chair of the Champlain Region Family Council Network, representing all of the Eastern Ontario groups of relatives of nursing-home residents.

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