CLAC Endorses OLTCA's Better Seniors' Care Campaign
Toronto—CLAC strongly endorses the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA) Better Seniors’ Care campaign, outlined by Candace Chartier, the association’s CEO, during an address today at a luncheon held by the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.
The OLTCA’s campaign focuses on three key initiatives that it is asking the Ontario government to undertake.
1. Provide enhanced funding for nursing staff and personal support workers (PSWs). An additional 4.1 percent of funding would add almost two million hours to front-line care provided by PSWs and 1.2 million nursing care hours. Homes should have flexibility in how to apply the additional funding to best address staffing shortages and meet residents’ needs.
2. Develop a policy as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s funding that incentivizes innovation and technology in the sector.
3. Provide a schedule of when each long term care home will have fully funded in-home behavioural support teams to help caregivers deal with residents suffering from complex mental health issues, addictions, dementia, or other neurological conditions.
“The people of Ontario deserve much better support for our seniors and those who care for them,” says Hank Beekhuis, CLAC national representative. “We stand with the OLTCA and other like-minded organizations and unions in calling on the government to take action. We’ve ignored this problem for far too long, and with more and more seniors entering long term care—many with advanced stages of dementia—it’s only going to get worse unless the government acts now.”
CLAC has advocated for increased funding and improvements to hands-on care for years. The union represents thousands of PSWs, nursing, and other staff in long term care homes across the province.
“If you’re a citizen of Ontario, you should be concerned with the state of care for our seniors,” says Beekhuis. “These are our parents and grandparents, and before long all of us will need care. The time to act is now. Unless we all voice our concern, our seniors and those who care for them will continue to languish.”