Baby boomers and bed blockers - Published Wednesday December 9th, 2009

If you ignore it, it might go away.

First, it's important that our province continue to invest in home care. That is by far the cheaper option for senior care, and certainly preferred by those receiving care. Home-care workers have made some advances after intense lobbying, but they need continued support if we want to keep seniors in their homes for as long as possible.

Second, once these nursing homes are built or expanded, they will require staff. There are plenty of people wanting to enter the health professions, but there are not enough seats in our universities and community colleges to train them.