Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Press Release from OPSWA re: abuse in long-term care home in Peterborough


Press Release
SHOCKING SENIOR CARE ABUSE CAUGHT ON HIDDEN CAMERA
How many more of our seniors need to be harmed before the government stands up and takes action?

Miranda Ferrier, President of OPSWA
TORONTO (May 21, 2013) –On Friday May 17, 2013 a link came across the desk of The Ontario Personal Support Worker Association.  As the official voice of Ontario Personal Support Workers and the industry’s only professional association, OPSWA was appalled to view the link.

Miranda (right)
Miranda Ferrier, President of The Ontario Personal Support Worker Association states, “This incident is the exact reason why Personal Support Workers need to be accredited by an association.  They need to be accountable.   Every one of the Personal Support Workers that are members of OPSWA are thoroughly accessed and checked before given their association number and card.  Each OPSWA member needs to stand behind a number of policies that protect them and the people and families they work for.”

The Ontario government has set up a PSW registry, active since June 1st, 2012.  Unfortunately, every PSW is allowed to “register”, making the accountability and sheer purpose of the registry useless. 

The Ontario Personal Support Worker Association has been lobbying the government to add creditability to the registry for exactly the purpose of what is seen in the shocking hidden camera footage. 

The Ontario Personal Support Worker Association continuously strives to improve the professional status of the Personal Support Workers of Ontario through advocacy for excellence and consistency in training, services, working conditions, and value to those we serve. 

Quality and quantity of staffing in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes is a huge issue in Ontario and OPSWA will not back down from the fight until all of our loved ones are protected.

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For further information on The Ontario Personal Support Worker Association or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson, please contact them directly.

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