Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A time to care

In Canada, with 618 long-term care homes, about 514 of these 'for-profit', our seniors are receiving better care than in many other countries. But is this good enough?

Many do not understand the difference between a retirement home and a LTC home.

Retirement homes, where those with money can purchase services, and are designated officially as  'tenants'. Those in long-term care (LTC) are protected by the Ministry of Health and LTC, and are residents with a Bill of Rights.
For those in long-term care many are subsidized in for-profit care, by government dollars.

'Nursing homes' are a term of the past. There aren't as many nurses as there used to be. PSWs do the heavy work, serving intimate needs (ADLs) of residents.

Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) launched its "A Time to Care" campaign. 
In my opinion many already care. They are hampered by the system, however, and a for-profit model of healthcare in Canada.

You can find out more about the petition by visiting www.atimetocare.ca.

More time with residents needed: union

At a CLAC convention in 2008, a resolution was passed calling for the government to allocate a minimum of 3.5 hours of hands-on care per resident per day in nursing homes. The ministry has not responded to the request, and workers say they are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of time to care for seniors. In 2006, a CLAC survey found that in some cases, caregivers had as little as six minutes per resident to get seniors out of bed and ready for breakfast.

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