Culture At A Crossroads Season 3, Episode 10

Long-time Globe and Mail Health reporter Andre Picard joins the show for an enlightening conversation on the state of long-term care in Canada. 

Picard's recent book "Neglected No More" is explored as  he considers how the pandemic has revealed glaring problems, starting with the number of deaths at long-term homes. 

Picard explains how we got here, and re-traces the plans Canada once had to make long-term care public, just like medicare. He also dives into the correlation between poor working conditions and poor quality care, the need to regulate care aides and PSWs, and what's made long-term care so institutionalized. Plus, he acknowledges the vital spiritual component to Canadian healthcare both historically and currentlt.  

Welcome to the fiftieth episode of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes here or search for Culture At A Crossroads on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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This is a profile of Andre Picard.

May 21, 2021 - A Maclean's piece on how the pandemic would have been different if PSWs were regulated

Mar 11, 2021 - Picard's book "Neglected No More" is published 

June 10, 2021 - StatsCan on COVID impact to long-term care 

Picard touched on the impact of Rev. Tommy Douglas and his role in both medicare and long-term care. 

Denmark's free home care model is also cited. 

In considering the role of caregivers, Canadians' life-expectancy is a lot longer than they once did.