Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 11, 2013 16:04 ET

Media Advisory: What would Ontarians want their public dollars to be spent on?

Increased care with dignity for frail long-term care residents, 25,000 new personal support workers or $1.1 billion to cancel gas plants

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) - Across Ontario there is widespread agreement between the families of residents in long-term care (LTC) homes, nurses and personal support workers and policy researchers that residents need more direct care each day than they are currently receiving.

There is consensus and clear evidence that since 1992, the complexity of care needs of the nearly 80,000 Ontario nursing home residents - many of who are over 85-years old, frail and have multiple chronic conditions including some form of dementia - have increased significantly. Most need help with feeding, bathing, toileting and getting out of bed.

Yet the provincial government has so far ignored both the evidence that more care is needed and the ask of many in Ontario for a legislated minimum care standard and continues to fund long-term care at a lower level than just about any other Canadian province.

Advocates for increased care for LTC residents participating in a media conference Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Queen's Park media studio say, this needs to change.

Those participating in Tuesday's media conference include:

Tom Carrothers Family Council Network - Area 4 - Advocacy Group
Kathy Pearsall Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities
Dr. Pat Armstrong York University, lead academic researcher for an international study aimed at re-envisioning long-term care
Candace Rennick Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and a former long-term care sector worker

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communication
    (416) 559-9300