Governments, federal, provincial and territorial, should provide a framework of basic national standards and regulations combined with adequate physical, financial, and appropriately trained human resources which enable seniors to:

    1. Receive care as long as possible in their own homes with publicly funded trained personnel and medication.
    2. Live in dignity in their own homes and maintain a standard of living, should spouses have to be institutionalized, that is not threatened by an assessment of income contributions that does not consider the necessary living expenses of the remaining spouse.
    3. Provide the same nursing care and medication delivery in long-term care and nursing homes that would be available in a hospital setting.
    4. Be cared for in long-term care/nursing homes with appropriate and adequate staffing.


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