The Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care project (2010-2020) sought to identify promising practices for thinking about, planning and organizing long-term residential care.

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.

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

Our project aimed to identify promising practices that allow residents and their care providers to flourish and be treated with dignity and respect. 

Our research was divided into four overlapping areas – Approaches to Care, Work Organization, Accountability, and Financing and Ownership – to deal with the complexity in long-term residential care. 

Our international interdisciplinary team, led by Dr. Pat Armstrong at York University, included academics from five Canadian provinces, three American states, the U.K., Sweden, Germany and Norway. It included academics 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, were included as full team members.

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

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

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