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For-profit nursing home shuts down, leaves residents and their families vulnerable

Low standards in care and unforeseen closures place elderly at risk.

Not easy for families to determine if corporation caring for their loved one is financially viable.Doug Allan writes in his blog for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) that Ontario should beware of developing a for-profit long-term care system in light of recent events in England, where families face tremendous uncertainty in placing their loved ones in private nursing homes.

"Southern Cross, the giant British nursing home operator, is shutting down after months of financial troubles. Until now, this giant for-profit corporation ran 752 nursing homes with 31,000 elderly and vulnerable residents.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said no one would be left homeless, adding that local authorities have a duty to make sure people received the appropriate care. According to the Southern Cross plan, 250 homes will be transferred to landlords. Those of the remaining 500 homes are still 'finalising their plans,' however..."

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Posted: August 09, 2011

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