Ontario Health Coalition

Ontario Health Coalition

May 16, 2014 16:57 ET

Ontario Health Coalition-Giant Rocking Chair Tour: "Rock-in" for Improved Long-Term Care

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2014) - The Ontario Health Coalition is working with hundreds of groups to tour the province with a giant 10-foot tall rocking chair. The goal is to raise awareness about levels of care and access to care in Ontario's long-term care homes. Almost 80,000 Ontarians, many of them elderly, live in long-term care homes (often known as nursing homes).

  • The level of care needs has risen dramatically in Ontario's long-term care homes as more than 18,500 hospital beds have been closed since 1990 and patients are moved out of hospitals ever quicker and sicker. But care levels have not matched the increasing needs of the residents. The result is unsafe environments for residents, staff and caregivers.
    • Since 2002 Ontario's chief coroner has reported 29 homicides in long-term care homes.
  • Ontario has the highest level of care needs among comparable jurisdictions because many more hospital beds have been cut here. Ontario has cut more hospital beds than any other province in Canada and ranks last in the country in numbers of hospital beds per person.
  • Almost 2/3 of long-term care residents have dementia and almost half have aggressive behaviours.
  • Access to care is poor with long-waits and increasingly severe rationing of access to care.
    • There have been more than 20,000 people on wait lists for long-term care home spaces for more than a decade.

The Ontario Health Coalition, local health coalitions, friends and allies have identified two key demands of the next Ontario provincial government to address this situation:

  1. Set a minimum care staffing standard of 4-hours of hands-on care per day per resident.
  2. Improve access to care and reduce wait times.

The coalition will be collecting 20,000 signatures on postcards as they travel with the chair to symbolize the >20,000 people waiting for long-term care placements.

Giant "Rock-in" Chair Tour Dates & Locations

The giant rocking chair will go to 27 communities over the next two-and-a-half weeks. In each location, we will hold a media event featuring our 10-foot tall rocking chair and press conferences with family councils, residents, seniors' groups, unions, nurses, careworkers, families and long-term care administrators. Each event will be approx. 1/2 hour.

Wednesday, May 21
Burlington 10 a.m., Village of Tansley Woods long-term care home, Upper Middle Rd. & Itabashi Way (grassy area in front of facility).
Hamilton 1:30 p.m., 307 Queenston Rd. (near Parkdale Ave. outside Unifor 504)
Thursday, May 22
St. Catharines 10:30 a.m., Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village (inside), 413 Linwell St.
Welland 2 p.m., King St. W & Sixth St. near hospital. Pls. park at the arena.
Friday, May 23
Brampton 10 a.m., Gage Park across from City Hall, Wellington St. W. & Main St. S.
Guelph 1:30 p.m., sidewalk by parking lot, St. Joseph's Health Centre, 100 Westmount Rd.
Saturday, May 24
London 10 a.m., Victoria Park (corner of Central Ave. & Richmond St.)
Stratford 1:30 p.m., Spruce Lodge (outside front door), 643 West Gore St.
Monday, May 26
Scarborough 10 a.m., Bendale Park (corner of Lawrence Ave. E. & McCowan Rd.)
Oshawa 1:30 p.m., S.W. corner of Memorial Park, John St. W. & Centre St. S.
Tuesday, May 27
Peterborough 10 a.m., corner of Medical Dr. & Hospital Dr.
(Rain alternative: Unitarian Synagogue shared parish)
Barrie 2:30 p.m., Queen's Park, Parkside Dr. & Ross St. (across from Victoria Village Manor)
Wednesday, May 28
Goderich 10 a.m., Courthouse Park, at Courthouse Square
Meaford 3 p.m., sidewalk in front of Meaford Long Term Care Centre, 135 William St.
Thursday, May 29
Bracebridge 10 a.m. Memorial Park (near Manitoba St. & Kimberley Ave)
Parry Sound 2 p.m. Waubuno Park (end of Prospect St.)
Friday, May 30
Espanola 10 a.m., by the Espanola sign across from Tim Horton's at 701 Centre St.
Elliot Lake 2:30 p.m., grassy area at corner of Hillside Dr. N. & Ontario Ave. (close to City Hall)
Saturday, May 31
St. Joseph Island 10 a.m., Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 374, 1534 Richards St. (front lawn)
Monday, June 2
Sault Ste. Marie 10 a.m., corner of Bay St. & Foster Dr. (across from Seniors Drop-In Centre)
Sudbury 3:30 p.m., sidewalk in front of Elizabeth Centre, 2100 Main St., Val Caron
Tuesday, June 3
Cobourg 10 a.m., Victoria Park, King & McGill Sts.
Belleville 2:30 p.m., sidewalk across from City Hall on Front St.
Wednesday, June 4
Ottawa 10 a.m., Confederation Park at corner of Laurier Ave. W. & Elgin St.
Kingston 2:30 p.m., Riverview Park across from Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau St.
Thursday, June 5
Cornwall 10 a.m. Meet in front of Justice Building, 340 Pitt St.
Chesterville 1 p.m. at the parkette by the river.
Friday, June 6
Toronto 10 a.m., Parkette directly east of Queen's Park, Queen's Park Circle & Grosvenor St.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Health Coalition
    Kim Johnston
    Campaign director
    416-441-2502 (office)
    647-381-7025 (cell)