Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

February 04, 2015 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Daughter of 94-year old Chatham woman, worried mom may lose her scant home care support, to speak at media conference tomorrow

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 4, 2015) - Worried that her 94-year old mother who lives in Chatham will lose her three baths a week provided through home care, Anne Howley made a call to a 1-888 hotline recently set up by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Tomorrow (Thursday, February 5) at a 10:30 a.m. media conference at the Chatham Memorial Arena (Boardroom) 80 Tweedsmuir Ave., Howley will talk publicly about her challenges supporting her mother who receives minimal home care through the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), to stay at home.

Throughout southwestern and eastern Ontario, thousands of patients have either had their home care cut or denied care all together because the provincial government is not providing CCACs with enough funding to meet the growing needs of ill and predominantly elderly patients. CUPE set up the patient hotline at the end of 2014 so patients and their families could call to tell their stories and experiences getting needed home care.

Howley who travels from London to Chatham several times a week to help her mother, is concerned that higher criteria for patients to get home care, may result in her mother who has severe mobility issues, losing her three half hour, three times a week home supports.

"My mother really needs more care than she is now receiving. But every day I live in fear that she may lose the little bit of home care she is now getting," says Howley, who will be joined at tomorrow's media conference by CUPE Ontario first vice-president Michael Hurley and CCAC worker Heather Duff. They will provide an update on the CUPE home care patient hotline and give an overview of provincial government changes to hospital and long-term care that are leaving many ill people at home without the medical care they need.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communication
    (416) 559-9300