TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Shifting to accommodate transitional care
in long term care homes is a direction the sector is willing to embrace
but the needs of long stay residents must remain a priority.
This was the message delivered today at the Economic Club of Canada by
Donna Rubin, CEO of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and
Services for Seniors (OANHSS), as part of a panel speaking on the roles
that prevention and rehabilitation play in a sustainable health care
"Prevention and rehabilitation are not commonly associated with long
term care," said Rubin. "Changing consumer expectations about where and
when they receive care and what is most efficient from a health care
system perspective is driving this shift to short term rehabilitation
in long term care homes so people can return home and stay there for as
long as possible."
Rubin cautioned however that long term care homes in Ontario are already
full with over 20,000 people on the waiting list.
"We must give careful and considered thought to how we build this
capacity into our sector. Repurposing much-needed beds for transitional
care at a time when a growing number of people need access to long term
care services will result in competing priorities," added Rubin.
OANHSS has been calling on the government to undertake a comprehensive
capacity planning exercise to inform decision-making about the number
of beds and types of community services that will be required to meet
the current and future needs of Ontario's seniors.
"We need a long term plan," said Rubin. "Without one, we won't be able
to handle the number of seniors coming down the pike, let alone provide
them with the care they need."
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members
include municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit
nursing homes, seniors' housing projects and community service
agencies. Member organizations operate over 27,000 long term care beds
and over 5,000 seniors' housing units across the province.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
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