Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 16, 2013 11:38 ET

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

Long-term care staff hold info rally tomorrow

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2013) - In Ottawa, 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, Ottawa 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 at 1715 Montreal Road, outside a nursing home in east Ottawa.

It's not their employer's attention they are aiming for, but that of Ottawa area MPPs. They want all local MPPs to push for a four-hour minimum standard of care for residents that is mandated in legislation, tracked, and publicly reported. The four-hour standard is gaining broad support, including seniors' groups and organizations advocating for residents and their families.

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

An Ottawa-based, petition-signing campaign in support of a four-hour legislated care standard for long-term care residents will begin in November.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications