PETERBOROUGH, ON — Following tragic stories coming from several Ontario long-term care homes this month, there’s a renewed scrutiny on resident care quality and safety.

There is no doubt say Peterborough area personal support workers, registered practical nurses and others working on the front lines in long-term, along with residents’ families, that the crisis in care quality and staffing is real.

On Monday, November 7, 2016 care providers, researchers and residents’ family advocates are coming together for a special meeting event and media conference to make the case for the need to make a minimum of four hours daily care for long-term care residents the law in Ontario.

Media are invited to join the meeting for a media conference at 10:30 a.m. the Auditorium at St. Joseph’s at Fleming, 659 Brealey Drive (Peterborough). Media conference participants include:

  • Jim Struthers, Professor Trent University, Contributing researcher on the Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study in Promising Practices project.
  • Tom Carrothers, Chair AdvocacyCommittee of Family Councils.
  • Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and former long-term care worker.
  • Andrea Legault, Personal Support Worker (PSW) at a local long-term care home.

Backed by solid academic research and new legislation (Bill 33, The Time to Care Act) to mandate a daily standard, there is “renewed pressure on the Ontario government to act. We encourage the health minister to support a legislated care standard. Residents, their families and front line staff urge you to do the right thing, and make 4 hours daily for residents a reality,” says Rennick.



For more information please contact:

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications 416-559-9300