Increasing Direct Daily Care In Long-Term Care Homes



    
    McGuinty Government Announces $23.3 Million To Add 873 Personal Support
    Workers
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is providing $23.3 million to support the creation of 873
personal support worker positions in long-term care homes. This will increase
the average paid hours of direct daily care per resident to 3.26 hours this
year of nursing, personal support and programming.
    This is the first round of funding to add 2,500 new personal support
worker positions and 2,000 more nurses in long-term care homes over the next
four years, as announced in the 2008 Budget
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2008/e1a).
    These additional frontline staff will increase the average paid hours of
direct daily care per resident in long-term care homes to 3.5 hours by 2011.
As a result, long-term care home residents will benefit from more hands-on
care, such as personal hygiene care, help with transferring into chairs,
vehicles or beds, as well as with dressing and undressing.

    QUOTES

    "Access to quality health care, when and where it is needed, continues to
be a focus for this government, because it's what matters most to the people
of Ontario," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "This
latest investment will contribute to strengthening staff capacity in the
long-term care sector, which ultimately means more bedside care for
residents."

    "The addition of 873 personal support workers is a step in the right
direction," said Ontario Long-Term Care Association Executive Director, Janet
Lambert. "The sector is pleased with these new positions. It will help homes
across the province deliver the level of care that residents expect and
deserve."

    "There are many initiatives underway to deliver better care for residents
in long-term care homes", said Lorraine Purdon, Network Coordinator, Family
Councils' Program. "Today's announcement, delivering funding for more
frontline staff, is another positive step to improve resident care and the
Family Councils' Program is pleased to be working with the government on
further initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents in our
long-term care homes."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  Since 2004, the government has funded at least 6,100 new front-line
       staff in long term care homes, including 2,300 nurses.

    -  Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health Care,
       submitted a report this spring entitled "People Caring for People"
       following an independent review of staffing and care standards in
       long-term care homes. Sharkey is currently leading an Implementation
       Team including representatives of residents and families, providers
       and staff to develop local staffing plans that would increase
       accountability for how staffing dollars are spent.

    -  The government will publicly report for the first time on quality of
       care in long-term care homes, in the form of resident health outcomes
       and satisfaction, through the Ontario Health Quality Council.

    -  The government is currently consulting on regulations under the new
       Long Term Care Homes Act, which will introduce new measures to improve
       care, including the least use of restraints, and improve resident
       safeguards.

    -  More than half of the long-term care homes in the province,
       representing 35,000 older long-term care beds, will be upgraded over
       the next ten years.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about personal care and support
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/ltc/10_personal.html)
online

    Find out more about the Ontario Long-Term Care Association
(http://www.oltca.com/)

    For public inquires call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Alan Findlay, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197

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