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.


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.