TORONTO, May 20, 2014 /CNW/ - In the midst of the province's election,
the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) warns that the aging
population and the growing medical needs of seniors require urgent
action by the next government to ensure that Ontario's long term care
homes can provide the care seniors deserve.
"The needs of seniors entering long term care homes have risen
dramatically in recent years," said Candace Chartier, CEO of OLTCA.
"Too many seniors are living in homes that need to be rebuilt and
modernized. Too many seniors with Alzheimer's or other types of
dementia aren't getting the supports they need to ensure their comfort
and safety. Our advocacy campaign proposes solutions to these issues
and aims to make change happen."
OLTCA's plan for action, "Better Seniors' Care: It's Time." identifies
key challenges facing seniors in long term care homes and puts forward
several recommendations to provide seniors with better care, including
OLTCA is calling to immediately develop and implement a plan to
modernize homes identified as needing redevelopment, increasing the
quality of care to the 35,000 seniors who live in these homes.
OLTCA is calling for the establishment of specialized behavioural
supports in every home to develop a higher level of patient-centred
care for the 61% of seniors living with Alzheimer's and other
OLTCA is calling for additional resources to address chronic
understaffing and enhance care provider roles to better care for the
93% of seniors who require additional support to manage chronic
To help raise awareness of the issues facing seniors in long term care
and build support for their plan, OLTCA has initiated a province-wide
tour to meet with residents and their families, and unveiled a
comprehensive advocacy campaign.
A recent poll completed by OLTCA found that more than 90% of Ontarians
are concerned about insufficient staffing levels and about the
deteriorating condition of long term care homes in the province.
"We know that Ontarians share our concern about our ability to care for
their parents and grandparents," said Chartier. "Our campaign provides
them with the tools they need to do something about it. We want the
public to know that with the right level of resources, long term care
homes are expertly positioned to provide high quality and supportive
care. Ontario seniors deserve that."
For more details on OLTCA's' campaign visit: betterseniorscare.ca
About the Ontario Long Term Care Association
The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) is Canada's largest long
term care association representing charitable, not-for-profit, private,
and municipal long term care operators. The Association's 441 member
homes are funded and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care. OLTCA members provide care, accommodation and services
to approximately 70,000 seniors annually.
SOURCE: Ontario Long Term Care Association
For further information:
Director, Strategy and Public Affairs