TORONTO, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Fiscal challenges cannot trump continued
investments to ensure residents in Ontario's long term care homes
receive high quality care in safe environments.
That was the message the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and
Services for Seniors (OANHSS) delivered today during pre-budget
consultations conducted by the Standing Committee on Finance and
"At a minimum, we need a 2% increase in funding in this Budget just to
ensure current care levels continue," said Donna Rubin, CEO of OANHSS.
"We support the government's direction to enhance community-based care
to allow people to stay in their own homes as long as possible, but
that means when individuals come into long term care, they tend to have
heavier and more complex care needs."
OANHSS has long signaled that homes are already having serious
difficulty meeting the most basic care needs of existing residents
while at the same time trying to effectively deal with very complex
situations such as mental health issues and challenging behaviours.
"While we recognize other system changes are needed, there is a clear,
consistent and continuing call from all sides that we need to improve
staffing levels in homes," added Rubin. "Quite simply, we not only need
more hands on deck, but we also need to ensure that our staff have the
specialized skills needed to properly care for our changing resident
OANHSS acknowledges that there are some initiatives underway such as
specialized staffing to support homes in caring for residents with
challenging behaviours through the Behaviourial Supports Ontario
program. Programs such as these are a help but are limited in scope. As
well, OANHSS is part of a multi-stakeholder task force that is working
on actions that all sector players can take to help improve the care
and safety of residents.
Other recommendations in OANHSS' pre-budget submission include changes
to the funding system to maximize the use of care funding and capital
investments to sustain and improve resident home environments.
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members
include municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit
nursing homes, seniors' housing projects and community service
agencies. Member organizations operate over 27,000 long term care beds
and over 8,000 seniors' housing units across the province.
A copy of OANHSS' submission is available at www.oanhss.org.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
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