TORONTO, May 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Every day our personal support workers, nurses and other professionals care for tens of thousandsof seniors with complex needs. As an association that represents every type of long-term care home in the province, we see the increasing quality outcomes that our members are striving for.
Make no mistake, there is no place in our homes for
The women and men working in long-term care today are doing an incredible job caring for the most clinically complex demographic in our health care system. Ninety per cent of residents in long-term care exhibit some level of cognitive impairment or dementia. Practically every resident requires help with activities of daily living – such as getting out of bed, eating and support with going to the bathroom, in addition to having two or more chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and arthritis.
As an association, our number one priority is the safety of our residents, and our members will continue to work closely with their dedicated staff to uphold the highest standards of care. Although we believe we are providing quality care to our seniors, we know that government funding for staffing and infrastructure have not kept pace with the needs of our seniors. That's why we're calling for new investments so that we can hire more frontline staff, adding additional nurses and personal support workers to the floor. It's also why we've called for new investments to support the renovating and rebuilding of upwards of 300 homes, so they can be modernized to meet current standards and provide greater comfort and safety for residents.
It is crucial that we address the needs of the sector today so that we can provide better seniors' care now and in the future. We remain committed to advocating on behalf of our seniors to ensure they get the care and services they need.
- Candace Chartier
Candace is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, a registered nurse and former operator of several long-term care homes.
About the Ontario Long Term Care AssociationThe Ontario Long Term Care Association is the largest association of long-term care providers in Canada and the only association that represents the full mix of long-term care operators – private, not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal. We represent nearly 70% of Ontario's 630 long-term care homes, located in communities across the province. Our members provide care and accommodation services to more than 70,000 residents annually.
SOURCE Ontario Long Term Care Association
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