1.7 Sudburians become senior citizens every day and there aren’t enough beds for them

With around 2,400 seniors waiting to be placed in long-term care homes in Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Long Term Care Association is calling on the province to build capacity for growing demand.

The number of older adults over the age of 75 residing in Greater Sudbury is expected to grow by 38 per cent in the next 10 years and 94.7 per cent in the next 20 years, the association has said.

On average, Sudbury will see an increase of 1.7 new senior citizens everyday between now and the year 2026.

“The numbers don’t work,” said Candace Chartier, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. “We obviously need to put more beds in the system in order to prepare for the future.”

Chartier was in Sudbury on Thursday, visiting Finlandia Hoivakoti Nursing Home.

The visit was part of a provincial tour to bring attention to the growing demand for more long-term care facilities and staff.

“Too many seniors are living in homes that need to be rebuilt and modernized,” She said. “Too many seniors with dementia aren’t getting the supports they need to ensure their comfort and safety. Our seniors deserve better care.”

Read the rest at the Sudbury.com.

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