RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Sunday, May 19, 2013 marks the
fourth anniversary of the declaration of Ontario's Personal Support
Worker (PSW) day, a time to recognize the critical role PSWs provide in
sustaining our health care system and providing a high quality of
community and home-based care.
Ontario's 40,000 PSWs are fast becoming the frontline face of healthcare
and provide personal care for the elderly, the sick and the physically
disabled in their homes, in long-term care facilities, in hospitals,
and in select ambulatory care settings.
Ontario faces an oncoming silver tsunami of an aging population that
will see nearly one in four Ontarians becoming a senior by 2036. As
each year passes, the need and demand for the care PSWs provide will
That's why it is critically important that we make the right investments
now to ensure that we can attract and keep the health professionals
required to care for an aging population. To enable PSWs to do their
job and continue to deliver high-quality care for the elderly, we must
provide PSWs (who often live on poverty wages) fair and reasonable
compensation and incentives to stay in the profession, like retirement
"To meet the coming demand for care," said Sharleen Stewart, President
of SEIU Healthcare, "Ontario needs a homecare action plan that
addresses the needs of an aging population, costs less than
institutional care, allows people to remain independent and active in
their community, and sustains Canada's public healthcare system for the
She said SEIU Healthcare, which represents nearly 7,000 PSWs across the
province, is calling on all levels of government to step up and take
the necessary measures needed to fulfill the promise of homecare.
To learn more about PSWs and their critical role they play in the
homecare system, visit www.seiuhealthcare.ca.
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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