OANHSS to Play Key Role on Task Force

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) met with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and other partners to discuss the serious incidents of abuse and neglect that have occurred in some long term care homes as reported in the Toronto Star last week. We are deeply disturbed by these incidents and acknowledge the hurt they have caused the residents and their families. 

The vast majority of staff working in long term care homes are dedicated and compassionate, and the heightened transparency and accountability that characterizes the long term care sector helps to ensure that these isolated cases of abuse come to light. The sector is also engaged in numerous initiatives that continue to significantly improve the quality of care provided to our residents; however, the Toronto Star investigation reveals that there is still room for improvement.

The long term care sector cannot tolerate abuse and neglect, and we recognize that a culture of zero tolerance must be embedded in every home so that all staff feel that it is their moral imperative to immediately report every instance of abuse or neglect.

OANHSS will work with the government and other key stakeholders on a Task Force to develop recommendations to embed a culture of zero tolerance so that all homes are an environment where staff, volunteers, and families make every effort to prevent abuse and encourage speaking out if abuse or neglect occurs. 

In most homes and at most times, residents enjoy safe, effective, responsive care. OANHSS will work with the government and our other health partners to ensure that the same can be said for all residents at all times. It is critical that the citizens of Ontario have a long term care system that they can trust. 

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)

For further information:

Chris Noone
Manager, Communications and Member Services
Tel: 905-851-8821 ext. 253

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