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The Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care project seeks to identify promising practices for thinking about, planning and organizing long-term residential care.

“A society that treats its most vulnerable members with compassion is a more just and caring society for all”
– World Health Organization

Residential care facilities are home to some of our most vulnerable citizens and the workplace for paid and unpaid providers, most of whom are women and many from racialized communities. How we treat this vulnerable population and those who provide their care is a critical indicator of our approach to equity and social justice, as well as to care. Our project aims to identify the many ways to allow residents and their care providers to flourish and be treated with dignity and respect.

To deal with the complexity in long-term residential care, our research is divided into four areas: Approaches to Care, Work Organization, Accountability, and Financing and Ownership.

Our international interdisciplinary team is led by Dr. Pat Armstrong at York University, and includes academics from five Canadian provinces, three American states, the U.K., Sweden, Germany and Norway. It includes people trained in sociology, medicine, social work, history, media studies, philosophy, architecture, health policy and more. Graduate students, who will be the next generation of long-term care researchers, are full team members.

Partners in this research are representatives from workers’ unions, employer associations, and community organizations that represent older people.

Other interested people and organizations are supporting the research team by providing information and feedback, attending community consultations and sharing resources.

Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.