Why do people have to wait 12 years for an ethnic nursing home?

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  • Dr. Dass says:

    I look forward to this Mr. Malhotra spearheading a Senior Home for South Asians in Toronto or the suburbs. I will be interested in getting involved.

  • Adam Smith says:

    Let’s drop the fantasy that nursing homes are lovely places where people want to live. They are not “retirement” homes. Most of them are warehouses for very ill people, often with dementia or severe behavioural issues. No one WANTS to go to a nursing home. It is a place of last resort. The discussion about “ethnic” homes is a red herring where we can pretend that it’s fun that an Italian nursing home has red wine every night, or Finnish nursing homes serve herring and vodka. Reality is that these are places where people go to die, where we can park the elderly, and underpaid, overworked PSWs clean up the urine, faeces and vomit.

  • Vera-D. says:

    People vilifying Mike Harris don’t remember that he was the last one to add the last batch of LTC beds. The Liberals quietly “solved” the crisis by tightening the regulations to get in so that families and elderly spouses are left scrambling and why retirement homes have 70% of people in many of them paying for their own health care and waiting for placement. They basically created the bed blocker problem and then somehow with media collusion, were completely absolved of this. Roblin Blair has some interesting stats, “the population of Ontarians over 85 years is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2031. If current LTCH statistics were to hold ceteris paribus, this would imply over 300,000 LTCH residents, a 100,000-person wait list and an annual provincial expenditure of $16 billion onLTCHs in today’s dollars.” These new beds are a drop in the bucket. The numbers of seniors of LTC age will swamp the system in the next decade. My guess is they will pull the good old “bait and switch” on the boomers and expect us to use up our lifetime of assets to pay for our own care!!

  • Maureen says:

    I find it odd that after spending your life in Canada embracing cultural diversity, one would then want to spend their latter years in a mono culture. Why would “mainstream” homes not embrace cultural diversity more, in the same way a city/town/community does. Seems a more efficient use of limited resources.

  • Terry Hill says:

    Canada is a multicultural nation. Its public health care institutions should reflect that, by not promoting or supporting parochial services. Ethnic LTC facilities should be private.

    • Jolanta Linde says:

      You are absolutely correct. Canada is a multicultural nation therefore every cultural group has the right to maintain their customs, lifestyle etc. And yes, also religion.
      As you are aware the long term care homes in Ontario are subsidized. All of them. Private – for profit and not for profit homes as well as municipal homes.
      All ethnic homes are governed by the community board of directors who are responsible for maintaining the building and subsidizing their ethnic needs. And they are doing a very good job at that by raising funds from their ethnic or religious community.
      Such needs in municipal homes are subsidized by the taxpayer through property taxes.
      I think Canada needs more of these “parochial services” and municipalities need to get out of long term care provision under MOHLTC.


Wilson Kwong


Wilson Kwong is an Internal Medicine and Palliative Care specialist in Toronto and a passionate cinephile in his spare time.

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Francine Buchanan is a mom and primary caregiver to an amazing little boy who is thriving with complex medical needs. When she isn’t watching or playing baseball with her family, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto studying physician/patient communication.

Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith is a Saulteaux woman from Peguis First Nation. She is an emerging writer, graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies in June 2011, and graduated with a Master in Education in Social Justice in June 2017. She has written for the Native Canadian, Anishinabek News, Windspeaker, FNH Magazine, New Tribe Magazine and the Piker Press.

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