Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

March 29, 2011 23:15 ET

OLTCA appreciates provincial budget's recognition of nursing care

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MARKHAM/ON/MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) appreciates today's provincial budget for its recognition of the importance of nursing care and programs for long term care residents.

The three per cent annual increase announced for nursing care and programs will enable long term care homes to continue to improve quality healthcare for their residents, who include many of Ontario's frailest elderly.

OLTCA expects to meet with government during the coming weeks to get more details on the budget's provisions and discuss outstanding questions.

"It truly does take a team to care for the residents in a long term care home. There are staff in many roles, and they work together as a team to ensure the comfort, care and dignity of seniors," said OLTCA CEO Christina Bisanz. "Staff providing infection control, activities, dietary services, building maintenance and laundry services, work with nursing care and program staff to ensure the home-like environment."

"The long term care sector is committed to continuous quality improvement and innovation to better serve residents, many with increasingly complex care needs," said Bisanz. "We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to ensure that the investment announced today supports the delivery of comfort, care, safety and dignity that Ontario seniors living in long term care homes so rightly deserve."

The long term care sector employs 77,000 workers and annually cares for over 100,000 seniors. OLTCA represents over two-thirds of the 625 homes in Ontario, including not-for-profit, charitable, ethnic, municipal, hospital and private sector long term care providers. /For further information: http://www.oltca.com/ IN: HEALTH, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Christina Bisanz, CEO, Ontario Long Term Care Association
    Primary Phone: 905-470-8995 ext. 24
    Secondary Phone: 905-717-9059
    E-mail: cbisanz@oltca.com