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Healthc Manage Forum. 2021 Sep 15:8404704211037788. doi: 10.1177/08404704211037788. Online ahead of print.
The high rates of nursing home deaths in the wake of COVID-19 have led to calls for their elimination and their replacement by home care. Based on years of research in Canada and abroad, this article argues that nursing homes are not just necessary. They provide significant benefits for those living in, working in, and visiting in them. In developing this argument, the article begins by setting out why long-term residential care is necessary before moving on to consider the benefits of such care, benefits that go beyond the clinical. It concludes by identifying factors that can make nursing homes a positive option while helping to avoid pandemic horrors in the future.