Ageing International

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 99–116 | Cite as

The Threats of Privatization to Security in Long-Term Residential Care

  • Pat Armstrong
  • Hugh Armstrong
  • Krystal Kehoe MacLeod


This paper argues that privatization, especially in the form of for-profit, chain ownership, undermines security in old age. Using data from research in Canada and focusing on the specific case of long-term residential care, this paper examines four aspects of security; security of physical access, security of financial access, security of quality and security of employment for those providing care.


Long-term residential care Security Quality Finances 



This paper is a product of a seven-year team project on ‘Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices’ funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (File# 412-2010-1004: Pat Armstrong, Principal Investigator), with additional funding from the European Research Area in Ageing 2 project for a study on ‘Healthy Ageing In Residential Places’.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

As there is no person or personal data appearing in the paper, there is no one from whom a permission should be obtained in order to publish personal data.

Ethical Treatment of Experimental Subjects (Animal and Human)

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pat Armstrong
    • 1
  • Hugh Armstrong
    • 2
    • 3
  • Krystal Kehoe MacLeod
    • 4
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.School of Social WorkCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  3. 3.TorontoCanada
  4. 4.School of Public Policy and AdministrationCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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