Monday, December 22, 2014

OCHU report alleges ‘chronic understaffing’ at long-term-care facilities

Where the media attacks the government in not providing enough funding to Long-term Care (LTC) they fail to recognize that these for-profit LTC homes aren't putting enough money into their homes.

Most of the LTC homes in this province are FOR-PROFIT. There is such a range in the quality of LTC, that I think something just must be done. It's useless to blame the government, as they are able to make LTC homes accountable.

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions report David Jensen, MOHLTC media relations co-ordinator, said that since 2008 the government has funded 2,500 new PSW positions and more than 900 nursing positions. That said, many newspapers have ads for employment. We are short both PSWs and nurses in Ontario.

LTC funding has increased to $3.9 billion in 2014/15, from $2.1 billion in 2003/04. The Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA) safeguards resident rights and improves the accountability of LTC homes for the care, treatment and well being of residents. Understaffing results in incidences of injuries, infection, bedsores, abuse and unsafe work practices, since staff are unable to meet the timely needs of residents.

Ontario government indifference fostering systemic neglect, hastening incontinence of LTC residents, finds PSW, RPN focus group study

Ontario government indifference to care quality, provincial policies and low funding for long-term care are fostering systemic neglect of residents, say personal support workers (PSWs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) who took part in intensive focus group sessions in five Ontario communities. …get full details of the OCHU LTC media tour

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