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Repair and Recovery in Long-Term Care: Restoring Trust in the Aftermath of COVID-19 (2020-2023)

29 Jan 2024

Absorption limits the extent of the disruption and minimizes the morbidity and mortality impact.3 It is clear now that LTC in Canada and globally was ill prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, had significant pre-existing deficiencies, and thus had significant difficulty absorbing the impact of the pandemic. [...] Recovery means regaining disrupted functions as quickly and efficiently as possible, including mustering the time and resources needed for the system to recover its functionality.3 The progress of recovery depends on the magnitude and type of deficiencies present before COVID-19, and on the LTC system’s ability to absorb the COVID-19 shock. [...] This begins with ensuring that the experiences of older adults in LTC translate into their full sets of rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments172,173, the United Nations’ Principles for Older Adults174, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms175, the Canadian Rights of People with Disabilities176, and the Canadian Charter of Righ. [...] societal and political challenges requires the lens of human rights and a rethinking of the provision of LTC so that it respects the rights of older people and addresses their diverse needs and preferences in fragile LTC systems.”1 In 2023, on the heels of the Australian Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety, Steel and Swaffer produced a report titled Reparations for Harm to People Livi. [...] The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.178 An RSC Policy Briefing 28 References 1.
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