Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

August 24, 2011 12:04 ET

PCs Correctly Focus on Redevelopment of Long Term Care Beds

OLTCA Advocates Access for All: High Quality Long Term Care Homes for Seniors Now

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2011) - The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) is pleased PC Leader Tim Hudak has promised to redevelop 35,000 long term care beds across the province and add an additional 5,000 beds in areas where need is the greatest.

"Redevelopment of older homes and adding new beds are key to providing equitable access to frail seniors across the province," said Gail Paech, CEO of the OLTCA, which represents 70 per cent of long term care homes in Ontario.

The OLTCA's election message is Access for All: High Quality Long term Care Homes for Seniors Now. It calls on the new government to take action immediately to ensure there is equitable access to high-quality, modern facilities, now and in the future.

Considering demand for long term care is expected to nearly triple by 2035, action is critical to avoid a crisis of access, quality and availability of care in the future. Aging facilities don't allow homes to provide the care that residents require, and the quality of life they deserve.

"Long term care homes across the province are providing exceptional quality, specialized care to some of Ontario's most vulnerable citizens," said Paech. "But we also care for the buildings that our residents call home. We need them to be redeveloped and properly maintained so we can continue providing exceptional quality care in a home-like environment within the community."

OLTCA's call to action identifies steps that need to be taken now to update long term care homes so that facilities are safe, comfortable and modern. It also asks for the stable and sustainable funding that homes need to maintain an environment that supports the best possible care for residents and can be a place they are proud to call home. Lastly it identifies the critical need for new and modern facilities to be built in the right communities so that everyone who needs long term care, now and in the future, can access it.

Access for All: High Quality Long Term Care Homes for Seniors Now is available online at: www.oltca.com.

Ontario Long Term Care Association

OLTCA represents 70 per cent of Ontario's long term care homes. Our 430 homes come from the not-for-profit, charitable, hospital, municipal and private sectors. Together they provide quality care to more than 50,000 Ontario residents and employ almost 50,000 people. Our member homes are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and provide care and accommodation services to residents throughout Ontario.

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