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Wait times for long-term care homes are getting longer, and vary substantially by region.
In 2016/17, people typically waited more than 3 months (92 days) from hospital to move into a long-term care home, about 3 weeks longer than in 2015/16. There was variation by region in the median wait for a spot in a long-term care home for patients from hospital, ranging from 41 days to 220 days. The median wait time for people who are from the community was even longer, at 149 days in 2016/17, more than 2 weeks longer than in 2015/16. This ranged from 74.5 days to 252 days among regions.
Care that people receive in long-term care homes varies widely across the province.
While there have been some overall improvements in care received in long-term care homes in Ontario, there continue to be persistent and substantial differences in the quality of care, depending on where long-term care home residents live. Province-wide, the percentage of residents who were physically restrained on a daily basis was 5.1% in 2016/17, down from 16.1% in 2010/11, but this ranged from 0% to 57.5% among long-term care homes. There’s been a steady and promising decline in the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic medications without documented psychosis, to 20.4% in 2016/17 from 35.0% in 2010/11. However, this ranged from 0% to 57.8% across long-term care homes.
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