McGuinty government delivers nutritious food for long-term care residents



    Daily Raw Food Allowance Increases To $7 Effective Today

    BARRIE, ON, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Health and Long-Term Care Minister George
Smitherman celebrated the raising of the daily raw food allowance to $7.00 a
day for long-term care homes, by sharing a meal with residents of Victoria
Village in Barrie.
    "Today's increase is a crucial step towards improving the quality of life
of long-term care residents," said Smitherman. "Their health and well-being
will be directly affected by the new and diverse foods they will now be
served."
    Long-term care homes are receiving an additional $25.4 million in funding
for raw food this year. This represents a total increase of 33.6 per cent
since July 2003. On average, long-term care homes spend about $18.76 daily in
providing food to each resident. This includes the cost of raw food as well as
preparation and staffing costs.
    In January 2005, the government introduced a regulation to ensure that
resident meal plans are reviewed and approved by a dietitian.
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in health care services in long-term care homes. Other
initiatives include:

    
    -   Increasing funding for long-term care by nearly $800 million since
        2003;
    -   Funding 6,100 new front-line staff in long-term Care homes, including
        2,300 nurses;
    -   Opening 7,712 new long-term care beds since October 2003;
    -   Enhancing the quality of life for residents of long-term care homes
        by passing the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007 to strengthen
        enforcement and improve care.
    

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.
    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office,
(416) 326-8016; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416)
314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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