Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

March 06, 2011 23:34 ET

Ontario MPPs handed 20,000 postcards on behalf of long term care

"It Takes a Team to Care" campaign rallies support for workers facing layoffs

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ON/MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 6, 2011) - Residents, family members, friends and staff of Ontario's long term care homes sent a strong message to government about adequate funding for long term care Friday, by putting more than 20,000 signed postcards into the hands of MPPs across the province.

In addition, more than 7,000 electronic postcards (http://www.oltca.com/we-care) have been sent to MPPs and the Premier as part of the Ontario Long Term Care Association's (OLTCA) "It Takes a TEAM to Care" budget campaign. The association expects thousands more postcards will be delivered to MPPs before the budget is handed down.

"Campaign participants are sending a strong message to the provincial government that it must adequately fund long term care," said Christina Bisanz, CEO of the organization.

The campaign features staff "who make our homes caring and safe for Ontario's seniors," said Bisanz. That team includes nurses, personal support workers, activation professionals, dieticians, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and food service workers, among others. Many on the team face layoffs because of government funding shortfalls, she warned.

The sector employs 77,000 workers and cares for 100,000 residents annually in Ontario. It faces "extreme financial pressure" because of new, unfunded regulations, arbitrated wage settlements, and a 17 per cent WSIB increase, "all of which are outside our control," said Bisanz. Private sector homes face an additional burden with the HST, which has increased their cost of utilities and service contracts.

"The long-term care sector is committed to continuous quality improvement and innovation to better serve residents, many with increasingly complex care needs," she said. "Without adequate funding and resources, the sector's ability to deliver on these priorities is compromised." Bisanz said the OLTCA is using the campaign to gain support from elected officials, to ensure sustainable funding for long-term care in Ontario, and to prevent significant job loss.

"Long term care homes provide great value for money," said Bisanz. "Our sector is eager to play a larger role as a partner in an integrated health system - one that delivers both quality of care and quality of life that Ontario's seniors living in long term care so rightly deserve." /For further information: ePostCard: http://www.oltca.com/we-care
Association website: http://www.oltca.com/ IN: ECONOMY, HEALTH, LABOUR, 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