Who Cares?

More than 1,100 people live in Thunder Bay's long-term care homes. With 400 more waiting to get in, conditions in our nursing homes are of concern not only to our seniors, but their family members and friends.

Front-line workers are often afraid to speak publicly about problems inside the homes because they fear reprisals from their employers.

Reporter Nicole Ireland set out to give a voice to workers, family members of residents and find out 'Who Cares?' in this CBC Thunder Bay news investigation into the issues around long-term care.

Long-term care resident had wound infested with maggots

A Thunder Bay woman is speaking out about a disturbing incident that happened in a local nursing home two years ago.

Short-staffing hurts nursing home residents: workers

Frontline workers say Thunder Bay's long-term care homes are understaffed, even as residents require more attention and complex care than in the past.

Long-term care home death haunts daughter

A Thunder Bay woman wants to know why her mother fell out of bed — and died — just after moving into a long-term care home.

Long-term care advocacy group wants more staff, training

Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities will push the Ontario government to legislate minimum staffing standards.

Long Term Care Homes

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Useful Resources

'Who Cares? A CBC investigation into long-term care issues in Thunder Bay' has brought to light stories and perspectives from front-line workers, concerned family members, advocacy groups and long-term care providers.

If you or a loved one are living in long-term care, or looking at the possibility in the future, here are some resources you may find helpful.

To make a complaint about a long-term care home: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care toll-free Long-Term Care ACTION Line: 1-866-434-0144.

What to look for when touring a long-term care home:

Where are the long-term care homes in my area?

How do I apply for long-term care?

Visit the Northwest Community Care Access Centre [CCAC] online at www.nw.ccac-ont.ca or contact the CCAC office in your area:
Thunder Bay
961 Alloy Drive
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5Z8
Tel: 1-807-345-7339
Toll-free: 1-800-626-5406

35 Wolsley Street, Suite #3
Kenora, ON P9N 0H8
Tel: 1-807-467-4757
Toll-free: 1-877-661-6621

6 – 61 King Street
Dryden, ON P8N 1B7
Tel: 1-807-223-5948
Toll-free: 1-877-661-6621

Fort Frances
110 Victoria Avenue
Fort Frances, ON P9A 2B7
Tel: 1-807-274-8561
Toll-free: 1-877-661-6621