TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is
calling for a funded and regulated minimum standard of an average of
four hours of care per resident/per day of nursing and personal care
for residents of Ontario long-term care facilities.
"The elderly deserve dignified and respectful care," says ONA President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "As front-line registered nurses, we have been
calling for improvements in care for these vulnerable residents for
more than a decade. Yet despite coroners' inquest recommendations
stemming from tragedies such as that into Casa Verde in 2005,
registered nurse staffing levels have continued to drop, with very few
exceptions, and our residents are not getting the quality care they
deserve. This leaves our most vulnerable citizens at risk of suffering
Understaffing of long-term care facilities continues to be the reality
across the province, says Haslam-Stroud.
"ONA has met with officials who are aware of what needs to be done to
protect these residents. A funded and regulated minimum staffing
standard must include .78 worked hours a day of RN care per resident to
ensure that our residents are provided the care they require.
Increasing these care hours would prevent needless admissions of many
seniors to the ER. Most importantly, RN care would ensure that
residents' quality of life remains as good as possible for as long as
Haslam-Stroud calls on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to act
now on mandating a minimum staffing standard of four hours of care per
resident per day for long-term care facilities now. She explains that
four hours means that our residents receive four full hours of care.
"There must be no wiggle room for long-term care owners/operators to
bend any minimum care hour standards," says Haslam-Stroud.
ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates
providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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