Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

May 02, 2013 17:19 ET

Budget Announcement Strengthens Quality of Care for Ontario's Long Term Care Residents

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) appreciates the Ontario government's investment that will benefit long term care residents as part of its 2013 provincial budget announcement.

"Today's 2% increase in funding will assist in providing safer quality care for Ontario's most frail and vulnerable seniors," said Candace Chartier, CEO of the OLTCA. "Strengthening long term care is a win for the whole health care system, and essential to building an Ontario where seniors can live well, longer and where we get better value for health care dollars."

In its budget submission to the Ontario government, OLTCA identified a 7.1% funding gap related to the complexity of residents currently in long term care homes. With the shift towards the community and aging at home, Ontario's long term care providers are now treating residents with unprecedented levels of complexity, including seniors with dementia, mental health diagnoses, and multiple chronic conditions.

Since 2009, long term care providers have been strengthening the sector's capacity for ongoing quality improvement, but additional investment in care, resources and the redevelopment of aging infrastructure is needed to continue to deliver safe, quality care.

OTLCA also proposed a number of low and no cost solutions to reduce administrative burden, promote accountability and improve access to needed care and services. All recommendations and priorities align closely with those made by Dr. Samir Sinha in the Senior Care Strategy.

"We recognize the pressures facing government in today's fiscal environment and are committed to being part of the solution to provide the right care in the right place at the right time for Ontario's seniors," said Chartier. "We look forward to a continued discussion with government on what is required to deliver safe quality care to Ontario's increasingly acute and complex residents."

About OLTCA

The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) is Canada's largest long term care association representing charitable, not-for-profit, private and municipal long term care operators. The Association's 439 member homes are funded and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. OLTCA members provide care, accommodation and services to almost 70,000 seniors annually.

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