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long-term care, long-term care workers, long term care act, Ontario, greater Toronto


This research investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce in Long Term Care (LTC) Homes, with a focus on the efficacy of the 'Fixing Long Term Care' Act in addressing workforce retention challenges. Through semi-structured interviews with four current or former LTC workers, the study uncovers barriers to retaining these specialized professionals. Themes such as stress, lack of team cohesion, workload disparities, and monetary compensation mismatches emerge as significant obstacles identified by participants. Conversely, altruistic motives to contribute positively to society are highlighted as factors influencing retention. The findings shed light on the complexities of workforce retention in LTC Homes and provide valuable insights for policymakers and stakeholders seeking to improve working conditions and bolster retention rates. By understanding the nuanced challenges faced by LTC workers, strategies can be developed to enhance workforce resilience and promote stability in LTC facilities.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Rodrigues, D. (2024). Putting the care back into long term care: Understanding retention of long-term care workers [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.


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