Why Do Care Homes Have Empty Beds?

The cost of treating a senior in hospital ranges from over $800 to $2,000 per day, whereas the cost in residential care is about $200 a day. Despite the more efficient cost and client-centered care provided by care homes, there remain a number of seniors in overcrowded hospitals, while some care home beds sit empty and one home is even slated for closure.

On March 19, 2014, Heather Campbell, Director of Policy & Research, spoke about this issue on the Bill Good Show. Listen to the interview below. For the full segment, click here.

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We’re looking to work with the health authorities, and the Minister of Health, in a constructive way to find ways that we can fund these [residential] beds, given that these are some of the best run facilities in the province.