The Ottawa Citizen reported the shortage of nursing staff is affecting the quality of care in Canada’s nursing homes.  “A study by SafeCare BC found 60 per cent of long-term residential care homes that participated in the survey have a worker shortage, and it is particularly acute on Vancouver Island, with 78 per cent of care homes reporting a shortage.”

“We know it’s having a negative impact on workers, so there’s no doubt the shortage of workers is having a negative impact on the quality of care (for seniors in nursing homes),” said SafeCare BC spokesperson David Hurford.

The positions employers are finding the most difficult to fill are care aides and health care assistants, with 66 per cent of nursing homes reporting a need, followed by licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, both at 47 per cent, and food service workers and dietitians at 16 per cent.



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