KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Keeping people safe is the greatest
challenge long term care homes are facing in caring for their
The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
(OANHSS) delivered this message to the Standing Committee on Finance
and Economic Affairs at pre-budget hearings in Kingston today.
"We need system changes that will require funding to support homes in
caring for residents with aggressive behaviours and mental health
issues or residents will continue to be at risk," said Donna Rubin,
OANHSS is calling for funding to support its recommendations that
include three critical components: staffing increases, specifically
in-house behaviour care expertise in every home; more designated
behaviour units to care for residents with severe aggressive
behaviours; and, regular and recurring behaviour-related training for
all care staff.
The Association's analysis of clinical data from the Canadian Institute
for Health Information (CIHI) for the period of January 2010 to March
2013 revealed that 35% of all residents have moderate levels of
aggressive behaviour and 11% show severe to very severe levels of
"For years we have been signaling that we do not have enough direct care
staff on the floor and the staff we have is not adequately trained to
properly care for residents with aggressive and unpredictable
behaviours," added Rubin.
OANHSS acknowledges that the government has responded with funding for
certain targeted initiatives over the last few years including
Behaviour Supports Ontario (BSO), a provincial program for long term
care homes initiated in 2010.
"While our members have welcomed the added BSO support the government
needs to step up its approach in every home if this issue is to be
resolved," said Rubin. "We have a collective responsibility to ensure
the safety of residents in Ontario's long term care homes."
Fiscal challenges cannot trump continued investments to ensure residents
in Ontario's long term care homes receive high quality care in safe
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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