Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

October 09, 2014 15:06 ET

Media Advisory: Haliburton, Minden high seniors population spurs community meetings on long-term care, October 14, 15

HALIBURTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2014) - With a seniors population (those over 65 years old) in Minden, Haliburton of nearly 28 per cent - that's almost double the percentage of seniors in Ontario -options for long-term care (LTC) and care quality for residents are top-of-mind for many area families.

Two community meetings have been scheduled this October 14 in Haliburton at the arena and October 15 in Minden at the Legion to start the discussion locally on what Ontario needs to do to meet the needs of LTC residents. The findings of a study (Long-Term Care in Ontario: Fostering Systemic Neglect) on care and staffing levels in long-term care will also be presented at the meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Dorothy Winterburn, a Minden-area personal support worker who participated in the study says, "there are many people in our community who are too frail to live on their own and are now in a long-term care home. There should be enough care to meet residents' needs, but there isn't. And we can all do something about that."

Winterburn is encouraging area residents to make time to attend one of the following community town hall meetings:

Haliburton: October 14, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Haliburton Arena
728 Mountain Street, Haliburton
Minden: October 15, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 636
12847 Ontario 35, Minden
Guest speaker: Kevin Tyrrell, Regional Vice-President
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) -
the hospital division of CUPE in Ontario

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications