TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - New measures announced yesterday by the
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will have an immediate and
positive impact on care for Ontario's seniors.
"These funding enhancements directly target critical needs in our
sector," said Donna Rubin, CEO of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit
Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). "OANHSS has long signaled the
need for added resources and staff training to care for residents with
increasing complex care needs and challenging behaviours and we are
pleased that the government has responded."
Investments announced by the government include 250 new convalescent
care beds for respite and restorative care; recruitment and training of
200 personal support workers to support people with challenging
behaviours in long term care homes; funding for staff training and
development to improve resident safety, quality of care and abuse
prevention; and funding for specialized supplies and equipment for long
term care residents with complex needs.
"The government has moved quickly to respond to Dr. Samir Sinha's
recommendations from his Seniors Strategy Report and the report of the
Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety," added Rubin.
"It is encouraging to see a consolidated and integrated approach to
seniors' care and we look forward to working with the government on
OANHSS was pleased to see its input reflected in the key highlights and
recommendations in Dr. Sinha's report, Living Longer, Living Well, most notably the need for government to undertake an evidence-informed
capacity planning process to meet current and future needs for long
term care, supportive housing and home care.
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 5,000 seniors' housing units across the province.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
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