Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 04, 2007 09:23 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2007) - An October 2nd, 2007 letter from the Ontario Federation of Labour to party leaders running for election is asking for a commitment, before the October 10 election, that they will immediately address the appalling situation affecting over 75,000 vulnerable elderly Ontarians who are residents in long term care facilities.

"Without regard for the needs of residents, long-term care homes have implemented policies rationing the amount of incontinent care products. The rationing of incontinent care products means that residents are required to sit, walk or lay in pads until they are at least 75 percent or more urine-soaked before they are replaced," said OFL Executive Vice-President Terry Downey. "This is an appalling and unconscionable situation that must be addressed immediately."

"The OFL's ongoing campaign Understaffed and Under Pressure has brought to light what's really going on in long term care facilities across the province," Downey said. "The OFL is also calling for a staffing standard of 3.5 hours per day of nursing and personal care for residents."

The OFL has today released a legal opinion from the Toronto law firm Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish. From the Legal Opinion Re: Validity of Continence Care Policies and Practices in Long Term Care Homes:

"Challenging these policies and practices as recommended in this opinion would further the rights of elderly residents to proper, sufficient and dignified care and the rights of health care workers to receive support and proper working conditions for providing such quality care."

"We intend to pursue any or all legal recourses as outlined in the opinion," Downey said. "this includes Long-Term Care Laws; Human Rights; the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; relevant Collective Bargaining Agreements; and Sanctioning nursing home management."

Copies of the Legal Opinion are available on the OFL website www.ofl.ca.

/For further information: Terry Downey
OFL Executive Vice-President
416.578.3230 (cellular)

Mary Cornish
Barrister and Solicitor

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138