Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 16, 2013 11:47 ET

Media Advisory: Cornwall area nursing home residents deserve more care time

Long-term staff hold info rally at local MPP office tomorrow

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2013) - In Cornwall, as in other parts of Ontario, since 1992, the care needs of nursing home residents - the majority of whom are over 80 years old with multiple chronic conditions, including dementia - have grown considerably. But, Cornwall area long-term care staff say care and staffing levels at homes are too low, and this leaves residents who need help with bathing, feeding, toileting and dressing, with unmet needs.

"This has to change - increasing care time for frail seniors should be a priority for all MPPs regardless of their political stripes," they say. This is why tomorrow (October 17) between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., they will be holding an info rally in front of the Time Square, 120 Second Street office of local MPP Jim McDonell. They want him to support a four-hour minimum standard of care for residents that is mandated in legislation, tracked, and publicly reported.

Cornwall area nursing home staff will be asking local residents to sign onto a petition supporting a legislated care standard. They are also hoping that McDonell will sign the petition.

The Ontario Liberals promised a four-hour care standard in 2003. To date, they've failed to deliver on their promise.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
    416-559-9300

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications
    416-579-9701