Seniors for Social Action
A Progressive Force for Change
Long Term Care Commission Report: A Response
From its inception, SSAO has maintained that the dysfunction in the LTC system is due to the underlying effects of ageism and ableism. Both have led to the dominance of a medical and institutional model of care for the elderly that has resulted in three (3) serious systemic problems:
The lack of viable alternatives to the mass institutionalization of the elderly in 626 congregate care facilities;
The lack of vigorous enforcement of the legislative standards, regulations, and rights of residents;
The dominance of the for-profit model of care.
It is through this lens that the following brief analysis is made.......