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The Pointer

Proposal for seniors apartment towers labelled an "abomination" by local residents

"There are epidemics every single year and we need to make sure we are building new homes to reduce their impact," Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, told the Pointer.

Global News Radio

Ontario long-term care commission to deliver report by end of April

Laura Tamblyn Watts, President and CEO of CanAge, speaks to Stafford and Supriya about long-term care.

The Toronto Star

Terms for Ontario’s commission on nursing homes prompt renewed calls for public inquiry

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a seniors’ advocacy group, said the trend in long-term care has been shifting to “a person-centred, emotion-focused model” of care. “We hope the appointment of a hospital CEO to the commission does not guide the work back to a medical model of long-term care,” Tamblyn Watts said in reference to commission member Dr. Jack Kitts, the recently retired chief executive of the Ottawa Hospital.


PSW speaks out about COVID-19 long-term care home devastation

As the Ford government unveils details of the independent commission into the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care homes, a personal support worker speaks out about some of the more shocking conditions in these institutions.

CBC News

Ontario nurse under investigation after anti-vax, COVID conspiracy social media posts

Laura Tamblyn Watts, a lawyer and the CEO of Canage, Canada's national advocacy centre for seniors, said having provincial inspectors who believe in evidence-based science is crucial in reviving an underfunded, understaffed and largely broken system.

Kitchener Today

LTC visitors important for residents' mental health: CanAge

Long-term care homes not experiencing an outbreak can now open up to a limited amount of visitors -- and this could help secure the mental wellbeing of seniors living in those care facilities. That's according to the CEO of CanAge, Laura Tamblyn Watts, who says it is important to allow LTCs to open up to more than one visitor if the care facility is not experiencing an active outbreak.

Kingston Whig Standard

Panel led by Philpott examines aging and COVID-19

Considering long-term care homes around the world and that many long-term care homes in Canada are maintained at an out-dated 1972 standard, Puxty gave Canadian homes a score of 7/10. Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, gave them a failing grade. “We’ve known what the challenges have been for many years… what we haven’t done is actually taken the steps forward to make the change,” Tamblyn said.

Global National News

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's nearly $2 billion investment in long-term care

"The buildings themselves really need significant investment," says Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, the national seniors' advocacy organization.

CBC News

Heat wave shows plan needed 'right now' to keep care homes cool

"I think a lot of Canadians have a very hard time reconciling the tens of millions of dollars of profits that are given out quarterly, with the reality of very frail, vulnerable seniors in isolation, sweltering in their rooms in excess of 30 degrees," said Laura Tamblyn Watts.

The Toronto Star

Seniors who survived COVID now at risk from lack of air-conditioning in long-term care homes

The COVID-19 pandemic has only made the situation more dangerous for residents living in homes without air-conditioning, said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a seniors advocacy organization. Some care homes have air-conditioning in common rooms where residents could previously spend most of their days to stay cool, she said. But the pandemic — and the infection control protocols that came with it — changed all that.


Shareholders at Ontario’s Top Private Nursing Homes Could Take Home $59 Million Following COVID-19 Deaths

“The system in Canada needs a complete overhaul,” University of Toronto social work professor Laura Tamblyn Watts told PressProgress, pointing to a need for “national standards and licensing to ensure that Canadian seniors get there care they deserve.”

“Most Canadians would be shocked to see the profits and dividends paid out in the millions quarterly when the homes themselves and the seniors who live there need this investment. Badly.”

CBC The Current (13:25 mark)

Reuniting long-term care home residents with their families.

Family members share their stories. CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts provides commentary.

The Toronto Star

The brutal blow that pandemic isolation has dealt residents of long-term care residences

“Having homes share the impact of isolation really brings to light how important it is to move to emotion-focused care in long-term care homes in Canada,” Watts added. “Only through tracking things like mood, things like social connection, can we take care of the whole person, not just their physical well-being.”

CTV News

Study on Long-Term Care Deaths

"What's really stark is that 18% of all infections were in long-term care, but 81% of all deaths. If that isn't an indictment, I don't know what is," says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

CBC News

Early lockdown key to avoiding deadly nursing home outbreaks, epidemiologist says

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of the seniors' advocacy organization CanAge, agrees that homes should be proactive when planning for a possible resurgence of coronavirus cases. But she said they should also be more flexible when it comes to allowing visitors. "We cannot lock people up for three months at a time and keep them from family and friends," Tamblyn Watts said. "We need to make sure that we have a more nuanced approach."

CBC News

Family raises questions about lack of inspections at Manitoba care homes following senior's death

"It's shocking to think that in the time of COVID-19, in the time of a pandemic where we know that residents are at significantly increased risk either because of outbreak or because of the risk of outbreak, no inspections are actually happening," Watts said.

Transatlantic Agency Blog

We are excited to welcome Laura Tamblyn Watts to Transatlantic Agency!

Your parents probably read a few books to figure out how to take care of you. Now it’s your turn to take care of them. In the great role reversal of your lifetime, THE 3AM GUIDE TO YOUR AGING PARENTS is your new WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING for taking care of your aging parents! Hilarious, practical and helpful, Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge and a leading expert on aging and advocacy for seniors, guides you through the questions and conundrums that keep everyone with aging parents awake at night.


Un verrouillage précoce est essentiel pour éviter les épidémies meurtrières dans les maisons de soins infirmiers, selon un épidémiologiste

Laura Tamblyn Watts, PDG de l'organisation de défense des personnes âgées CanAge, convient que les maisons devraient être proactives lors de la planification d'une éventuelle résurgence de cas de coronavirus. Mais elle a dit qu'ils devraient également être plus flexibles lorsqu'il s'agit d'autoriser les visiteurs.

"Nous ne pouvons pas enfermer les gens pendant trois mois à la fois et les garder de la famille et des amis", a déclaré Tamblyn Watts. "Nous devons nous assurer d'avoir une approche plus nuancée."

CTV News

Advocates demand family caregivers be given access to long-term care homes

“We didn’t have a good strategy for how to have a maintained lockdown situation and we should have. And we’re going to need one, because COVID-19 is going to be with us for 18 to 24 months and maybe on an ongoing basis,” CanAge CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts told by phone Tuesday. “We have been talking to governments across the country advocating for this and helping to develop this type of programming.”

Huffington Post Canada

To Fix Long-Term Care, Homes Must See Residents As People, Not Patients

The province’s own regulations currently prevent some homes from fully implementing new approaches to care, said Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of seniors’ advocacy organization CanAge. One change that seems small, but is actually very useful for residents who have dementia, is to use softer lighting instead of harsh, institutional lighting, she said.

The Toronto Star

CEO of Sienna Senior Living, a private long-term-care company hit hard by COVID-19, resigns

“There are significant and difficult questions that must be answered to families, to Ontarians but most importantly, to residents. I think part of that reckoning will be a review of the leadership decisions made by those in charge of long-term care.”

The Globe and Mail

Ontario to allow family visits to nursing homes that are free of COVID-19

The move to finally allow visits is long overdue, said Laura Tamblyn Watts, chief executive officer of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy organization. The consequences of keeping visitors and caregivers out for three months have been disastrous, she said.

CBC Winnipeg

Surprise inspections reveal 'filthy' floors, uncleaned rooms, stool-stained blankets at Winnipeg nursing homes

"If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility and you're not sure whether or not … they (the nursing homes) have existing problems, you can't make decisions for yourself or if you're a substitute decision maker, you can't make decisions for other people.," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

Radio Canada

Des inspections surprises révèlent de nombreuses lacunes dans des maisons de retraite

Laura Tamblyn Watts, directrice générale de CanAge, un groupe national de défense des personnes âgées, est du même avis. Elle affirme que la pandémie a mis en lumière la situation des résidents dans les maisons de retraite.

Pique Magazine

Senior abuse and the pandemic: What to do if you are being mistreated, or suspect someone else is

"On a usual day, one in five older Canadians are subject to elder abuse. We are seeing a tenfold increase in elder abuse across the community," said CEO of CanAge Laura Tamblyn-Watts in an interview with CTV News in April.

'I don't think people can last much longer': CanAge on why it's time to open up LTC homes to family caregivers now

It’s time to let loved ones back into long-term care homes to help care for their family members, CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group, says. According to the advocacy organization, the health of older adults in long-term care homes continues to decline as their family caregivers remain shut out of the facilities as part of COVID-19 infection control measures implemented by the provincial government.

CTV News

Seniors will have to wait another month for COVID-19 aid payment

Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization, told CTV News the benefit is "a long-time coming." She said her organization would like to see this be an ongoing payment, not distributed on a one-time basis.

The Globe & Mail

What happened when families were blocked from Canada’s long-term care homes

Family members and advocates say some residents have died from dehydration and others are wasting away without the help they relied on

The Toronto Star

A quarter of the residents at this nursing home have died from COVID-19. Families are demanding answers

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of the seniors advocacy group CanAge, said staffing shortages, poor working conditions and insufficient funding are long-standing issues in nursing homes.


Seniors' advocate discusses scathing military report on Ontario's long-term care homes

Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization, joins CPAC's Peter Van Dusen to discuss the military's report on the abuses they saw when working in Ontario's long-term care homes.


'Horrific,' 'gut-wrenching' conditions found in Toronto's long-term care homes

Advocates for seniors have claimed for years that there were problems in long-term care homes in Ontario and across Canada. Laura Tamblyn Watts is with Can Age, a non-profit seniors advocacy group.


Seniors' advocate outlines three key measures to improve residential seniors' care

Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors' advocacy organization, also urges care be moved to a more home-like setting and away from the current medical model.


Seniors' advocate: 'As a system, we have failed'

Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, says the conditions described in the Canadian Forces report on five Ontario long-term care homes are the result of a 'perfect storm' of cuts to public health and seniors' care colliding with the pandemic.


Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada on Wednesday

Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors' advocacy organization, also urges care be moved to a more home-like setting and away from the current medical model.

The Toronto Star

The Star published an investigation into long-term care in 2003. What’s changed since then?

Instead of an investment, we’ve seen a withdrawal from seniors care and every single administration and government that comes in, promises to fix it. In some cases, they promise to transform it. We keep getting inquiries and commissions and reports and coroner reviews and in the end, change doesn’t happen.


Military report reveals what sector has long known: Ontario's nursing homes are in trouble

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of national seniors' advocacy organization CanAge, told CBC News in an interview it's very telling that the state of these long-term care homes could shock even soldiers who go on peacekeeping missions.

CFRA radio

Ottawa At Work Interview: Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge -- Canada’s National Seniors advocacy organization

It took a report from the military to expose the horrific conditions in some Ontario long-term care homes… but are the experts surprised?And if we have been promised reform for almost 20 years, why should we expect this time to be any different? We speak with Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge -- Canada’s National Seniors advocacy organization

CTV News

Expert blasts Ontario's long-term care homes, blames a lack of funding and public interest

CanAGE CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts reacts to the Canadian Armed Forces report showing shocking conditions at several long-term care homes.

The Toronto Star

What will Ontario’s long-term care investigation show? Authorities have ignored problems for years

And there’s no reason the province couldn’t start implementing fixes right away, said Tamblyn Watts, describing this as a “two-pronged approach”: start making changes now and conduct an inquiry in September to reveal further lessons.

CTV News

A look inside a long-term care home recovering from a COVID-19 outbreak

“We know that some of the important things that we need to do have not been done in Quebec, so we’re seeing a terrible loss in life,” Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge. “But we’re also very frustrated because we’re not getting some of the supports for long-term care to save some of those lives.”

Global News

Seniors need more than one-time top-ups if coronavirus pandemic lingers: advocates

Canadian seniors have been counting on the much overdue increase to OAS and perhaps never before has that increase been needed so much.

CTV Power Play

COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

Canada's care homes not ready to face second wave:, says expert

The Toronto Star

Is it depression? Does dad need reminders to eat? Family seeks answers to father’s 22-pound weight loss in retirement home

“I cannot find anything in law that would allow a person to be contained in their own home, short of the federal government using the Quarantine Act, which they have not done,” Tamblyn Watts said.

CTV News

Call for public inquiry

"We've had many inquiries before, as recently as 2017 in Ontario.Typically older people are at the back end of the policy review," says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO

CTV News

New Financial Support For Seniors

"Low income seniors can use all the help they can get," according to Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO.

The Canadian Press

Ontario government issues new emergency order on long-term care homes

"What we have seen with this government is that they say 'no' for a long period of time, then they take a half-step, but they don't implement it in a timely fashion," Laura Tamblyn Watts said.

CTV News

Seniors being sent one-time payment of up to $500: PM

“It’s not enough because it really doesn’t address fundamentally the financial issues that seniors are having right now, which is how to live in a time of COVID, when the markets are really very pressed,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

The Globe & Mail

Ontario says it will ‘review’ long-term care system post-COVID-19, but won’t commit to independence

“Waiting until the pandemic is ‘over’ is not acceptable," said Laura Tamblyn Watts, chief executive officer of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization. “COVID may just become part of our routine lives in the way that the flu and viral pneumonia may be. We can’t keep putting this off.”

Toronto Star

They said there was no playbook for dealing with COVID-19 outbreak at nursing homes. There were several

“We knew exactly what was going to happen ... We saw it in Asia. We saw it, particularly in seniors in congregate care settings, in Italy and Spain and then France,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization.

Toronto Star

Failure in long-term care was tragically predictable

“We knew what was needed,” Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy organization, told the Star. “The problem was the Ontario government didn’t do it.”

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