Make 4 hours of daily care for long-term care residents the law.
As a constituent living in your riding, I’m asking for your help to pass legislation requiring an average of four hours of hands-on nursing and personal support services for Ontario long-term care residents every day.
Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, including just such a minimum care standard, was passed at Second Reading on November 2, 2017 in a unanimous vote by all three parties. That was a wonderfully big step, but the challenge now is to make sure it doesn’t languish forever without ever being called by Committee.
Every new day without a legislated, minimum daily care standard, is another day of many residents spending long hours alone and waiting for basic needs to be met, often sitting in their own unchanged clothing as workers are run off their feet trying to do their best to keep up.
This issue is very important to me and my family, as I am sure it is to you and yours. That’s why I am reaching out to you for help to make sure the Standing Committee on General Government puts Bill 33 on it’s agenda soon. Your support will help give nursing home residents the care and respect they deserve.
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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.
Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, would mandate an average of four hours of hands-on nursing and personal support services for Ontario long-term care residents every day.
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.