Let’s Take Action.
Since 1992, the complexity of care needs of Ontario’s long-term care residents – the majority of who are 85 years of age or older – has increased significantly. 73 per cent of residents have some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia and most need help with feeding, bathing, toileting and getting out of bed.
Yet Ontario funds long-term care at a lower level than just about any other Canadian province. The result of provincial underfunding is that there isn’t enough staff to provide residents with the care time residents need each day to live with dignity in Ontario nursing homes.
Every 4th Day of the Month
Help raise awareness for a 4-hour daily care standard for long-term care residents. Every 4th day of the month, it’s Time to Care day in Ontario and CUPE long-term care workers, supporters and allies will “make it blue.”
The #makeitblue day is to:
- Raise awareness of the need for a legislated 4-hour daily care standard for residents;
- Broaden and strengthen membership and community engagement;
- Educate others and build a strong base;
- Reach out and engage others in concrete action.
Show your support on social media: On the 4th of every month, add a filter to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture.
Don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to preview your picture before it is added.
Provide us with your name and email to stay informed on this issue:
- Click on the stay informed tab and keep in touch with us on the issues
- Organize an action in your community to bring attention to the need for Time To Care
- Contact us to do a presentation at your organization etc.
What needs to change?
- An amendment must be made to the Long-Term Care Homes Act (2007) for a legislated care standard of a minimum 4 hours per resident each day adjusted for acuity level and case mix;
- Public funding for LTC homes must be tied to the provision of quality care and staffing levels that meet the legislated minimum care standard of 4 hours;
- Ensure funding accountability by making public reporting of staffing levels at each Ontario LTC home mandatory;
- Immediately provide funding for specialized facilities for persons with cognitive impairment who have been assessed as potentially aggressive, and staff them with sufficient numbers of appropriately trained workers;
- The province must stop closing complex continuing care beds and alternative level of care beds to end the downloading of hospital patients with complex medical conditions to long-term care homes.