The shortage of long-term care beds in the district means families are having to drive longer distances to visit loved ones. Wade Petranik at Dryden Regional Health Centre says a crisis in Sioux Lookout means patients from that community get priority, when new beds open up in Dryden.

"We've got 13 people waiting for long-term care right now and the list is growing," he said.

A shortage of staff is one factor that is making it tough for long-term care homes to add more beds. He adds Kenora and Fort Frances are also suffering from systemic shortages related to long-term care.

Leaders across the spectrum talked about a need for more long-term care resources, during the last provincial election.

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