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Master of Social Work (MSW)
In Ontario, we are currently dealing with a profound public policy void in the area of retirement home regulation. Ret1ecting the neo-liberal political context, much of this industry's growth has occurred with limited or no legal regulation and minimal, if any, involvement from the government. This paper discusses various possible options for addressing the issue of unregulated retirement homes, with a special emphasis on voluntary accreditation.
This study sought the unique perspectives of retirement home administrators from both accredited and non-accredited homes. Conversations with participants converged around a number of key issues, including affirming the importance of regulation, affirming the need to compete and succeed in the retirement home market, emphasizing the negative aspects of accreditation, and the responsibility of being accountable to various stakeholders. Administrators also offered their perspectives on policy issues and the role of government.
This study provides insight into the question of "In whose interest is the current retirement home system?" It became evident throughout this study that there is value in creating some level of government regulation beyond what currently exists. It is argued that future policy in this area must hold the interests of seniors as primary, and not the interests of the business community.
Hopkins, Kerry, "Retirement Home Accreditation in Ontario: In Whose Interest?" (2006). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4833.
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