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ABOLISH LONG-TERM CARE

We believe that institutionalization is a result of the same systems of incarceration that removes, isolates and confines community members in psychiatric institutions, emergency shelters, and prisons. We believe in an end to the warehousing, caging, and incarcerating of people instead of providing care and justice. All levels of government must work together to deinstitutionalize, and to invest in alternative solutions to long-term care. Long-term care must be abolished.  Sign our petition and send a letter to your elected representative here here:

Sign the Petition

Abolition, not nationalization, is the only appropriate response to the deaths of more than 14,000 older, disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in an end to the ableist and ageist system that prioritizes profits at the cost of human lives.

Click below to view our petition and send a letter to your elected representative.

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Demanding Decarceration of Long-Term Care

We believe that disabled people make our communities whole. We need to create systems where disabled people live in community. The current system isolates, segregates, and warehouses disabled people and elders.

Click below to learn why we are demanding decarceration of long-term care.

Six disabled people of color smile and pose in front of a concrete wall. Five people stand in the back, with the Black woman in the center holding up a chalkboard sign reading "disabled and here." A South Asian person in a wheelchair sits in front. This photo was taken by Chona Kasinger.

Abolish vs Reform

The current system isolates, segregates, and warehouses disabled people and elders. We believe that the maintenance of any form of institutionalization, regardless of ownership, signifies an ongoing investment in institutional models of “care” that put disabled people and elders at risk.

 

Click below to learn why long-term care must be abolished instead of changed.

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Timeline of Long-Term Care
and Prisons

We explore the parallels between long-term care and prisons that have taken place over history and continue today. This section outlines the history of long-term care in Canada and the issues that still plague long-term care today.

 

Click below to learn about the history of long-term care in Canada.

People and Organizations
Fighting Long-Term Care

The fight to abolish long-term care is new in Canada, though connected to the disability rights movement and many civil rights movements in Canada.

 

Click below to learn about people and organizations pushing for the abolition of long-term care.

Glossary and Resources

There are specialized terms used in most of our readings discussing the abolition of long-term care. For someone joining us on the beginning of their journey to end long-term care, we suggest they get started here.

Click below to view our glossary of frequently used terms.

Five disabled people of color with canes, prosthetic legs, and a wheelchair sit on a rooftop deck.