Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.
Ontario long-term care report demands better for seniors
“These are the men and women who have paved the way for us, and now that they have entered their golden age, it’s not so golden.”
Kathleen Brooks, President of Unifor Local 8300, joined Richard Leblanc, the Eastern Ontario Area Coordinator for United Steelworkers, in presenting a report on behalf of the Ontario Health Coalition regarding the state of long-term care in Ontario. The presentation, which took place in Hawkesbury on February 1, highlighted the increasing rates of homicide and violence within long-term care facilities, along with low levels of care.
According to the Ontario Health Coalition report, entitled Situation Critical, Ontario ranks second to last in the number of long-term care beds per capita, as well as having the lowest rates of hospital beds in Canada. The report also stipulated that care levels in the province have not kept pace with the increasing care needs of the residents, and have actually declined over the last decade, leaving heavier-care residents with less actual care.
“What we have found is shocking and unacceptable,” said Richard Leblanc. “If care for the frail and vulnerable among us is a measure of our humanity and our compassion, then we have failed.” The report is being toured around 30 towns around Ontario from January 21 to February 5.
More details to come.