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.
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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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Armstrong, P., Armstrong, H. & MacLeod, K.K. The Threats of Privatization to Security in Long-Term Residential Care. Ageing Int 41, 99–116 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12126-015-9228-0
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