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Observations on institutional long-term care in Ontario: 1996-2002

TitleObservations on institutional long-term care in Ontario: 1996-2002
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBerta, W.., Laporte A.., and Valdmanis V..
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement
Pages70 - 84
Keywordshistory, long-term care, long-term care facilities, older people, ontario, social surveys, utilization

We provide descriptive statistics for data collected via the Residential Care Facilities Survey (RCFS), from long-term care (LTC) facilities operating in Ontario between 1996 and 2002. The LTC sector in Ontario is dominated by large, proprietary for-profit facilities. The proportion of residents receiving extended care has increased from 53 per cent in 1996 to over 61 per cent in 2002. Government-owned facilities are significantly larger than both for-profit proprietary facilities and lay non-profit facilities. Religious and lay non-profit facilities provide care to more residents 85 years of age and older than do for-profit and government-owned facilities, while government-owned facilities provide care to a greater proportion of higher needs residents. Government-owned facilities have higher nursing intensity levels and higher direct care staffing levels than other ownership types, while for-profit facilities have significantly lower levels than other facility types. Non-profit operators have higher ratios of administrative to care staff than proprietary and government-owned facilities.