As a constituent in your riding, I am writing to strongly urge you to support a law that would provide an average of four hours of hands-on nursing and personal support services to Ontario residents in long-term care.
In the fall of 2016, legislation — Bill 33, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2016 – was introduced that would mandate such a daily care standard. My expectation is that you, as my MPP, will support it.
Like many Ontarians, I believe a care standard is well overdue and necessary for long-term care residents. Many of them are over 85 years-old and frail with cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They deserve more care and we are appealing to you to make that happen.
Currently, without a legislated daily care standard, residents are not getting the time and care they really require. Residents spend hours alone waiting for their 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. Resources and staffing levels are completely inadequate. This is not an acceptable situation and it must change.
This issue is very important to me and my family. That’s why today I’m calling on you to actively advocate for a four hour legislated care standard and to support Bill 33 in order to provide nursing home residents with the care and respect that they deserve.
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