TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - TORONTO, November 21, 2011 - The Ontario
Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and its Members deeply regret any
harm to seniors that occurred in Ontario long-term care residences.
"One incident is one too many," remarked Gail Paech, CEO of OLTCA.
"As committed caregivers and human beings, we owe each and every one of
our residents the highest dignity and respect as we strive to provide a
safe and supportive environment. We have not achieved this goal across
the board," continued Ms. Paech. "This will change as of today."
"Starting immediately, all long-term care residences under OLTCA will
re-iterate a zero tolerance approach to any incidence of harm, and each
home will continue to strongly support immediate reporting," stated Ms.
Paech. "We must continue to value the transparent compliance system we
have in Ontario, and the role it plays in ensuring high quality patient
The OLTCA believes there is a need for renewed focus on seniors care.
Over the coming weeks, the OLTCA will co-chair a task force with the
Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
(OANHSS), including members from Concerned Friends, the Ontario
Association of Residents' Councils, the Ontario Family Councils'
Program, as well as staff and residents from long-term care homes. This
task force will be actively advised by a number of independent subject
matter experts and will identify one independent individual to act as
Chair of the Task Force.
The Task Force will be committed to: better understanding the current
challenges in delivering quality care; developing an Action Plan for a
path forward to be implemented by every participant in the industry;
and delivering the Action Plan to the Ontario Minister of Health and
Long Term Care, Deb Matthews, by early 2012.
"The vast majority of front-line staff and administrators in long term
care come to work every day with a deep commitment to providing
thorough, dignified, compassionate care for the 77,000 residents of
long-term care homes in Ontario," says Ms. Paech. "We all have a role
to play in identifying strategies to ensure that residents have the
safest and highest quality care every day."
Employees who work in long-term care serve residents who have more acute
care needs than even five years ago. Seventy-three per cent of
long-term care residents suffer from Alzheimer's disease or dementia,
91 per cent are incontinent, 89 per cent require assistance with
dressing and more than 85 per cent are classified in the mid- to
heavy-care categories. These acute conditions present extraordinary
challenges to caregivers.
"We are confident that we can work as an industry, together with
government and stakeholders, to improve the care and services we
provide to the residents of all long-term care homes in Ontario," said
About the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)
OLTCA represents the operators of more than 430 charitable,
not-for-profit, private and municipal long-term care homes. OLTCA homes
provide care, accommodation and services to almost 50,000 seniors
annually and employ about 50,000 Ontarians.
SOURCE Ontario Long Term Care Association
For further information:
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Long Term Care Association
905-470-8995 ext. 24