RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto City Council unanimously passed a resolution today moved by Councillors
Peter Milczyn and Josh Matlow calling on the federal and provincial
governments to fulfill the promise of homecare. The resolution is an
initiative of local SEIU Healthcare members who deliver homecare
services throughout Toronto.
"We have been promised that care will be available to us when we need it
most," said Toronto resident Kristof Barocz who helped to bring the
resolution to council. "However, with more than 10,000 people in
Ontario currently waiting for homecare, the time to fulfill the promise
of homecare is now."
By 2036, nearly one in four people in Ontario will be a senior requiring
more care, medications and more attention. Governments have
acknowledged that much of the problem can be answered by homecare and
have promised to meet this challenge by funding and investing in
homecare. So far, this has been more talk than action.
To ensure the promise of homecare is delivered, SEIU Healthcare,
Canada's largest healthcare union which represents 55,000 healthcare
and community service workers in Canada, is working with members and
volunteers in communities around Ontario to raise awareness of this
critical issue and encourage municipal councils to voice their support
for strengthening public healthcare by passing similar resolutions.
Toronto is the fourth municipality to pass a resolution joining
Sudbury, Ajax and Hamilton.
SEIU Healthcare is calling on all levels of government to work together
to strengthen public healthcare and fulfil the promise of homecare in
the following ways:
Cut waiting lists for homecare;
Provide relief to family caregivers;
Guarantee security and peace of mind for seniors and families that
depend on homecare by ensuring that every health professional coming
into their home is trained and qualified;
Insist investments go the frontline, not the bottom line;
Demand transparency and accountability; and
Protect the heart of healthcare by attracting and retaining personal
support workers with fair and reasonable compensation and incentives
like retirement security.
"Ontarians deserve to get the homecare they have been promised," said
Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare. "The time for talking
is over and the time to act is now."
Councillor Ana Bailão, Ward 18, Davenport: "As more people approach retirement age than ever before, it is
critical that we have the services in place to provide them with the
best possible quality of life. Homecare is a central part of these
services, preserving the dignity of our seniors' community by allowing
residents to stay in their home while receiving the care they need. Not
only is this the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense and we
must join our voices with other municipalities across Ontario in taking
positive action to put the interest of seniors first."
Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 8, York West: "Whether you're a family caregiver, homecare client, personal support
worker or senior concerned about the sustainability of our public
healthcare system, the fight for homecare affects us all. If care is
going to be available to our loved ones when they need it most, then
the time to fulfill the promise of homecare is now."
Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19 Trinity Spadina: "Our seniors are our parents and grandparents. They have helped to
shape our communities and our lives. Each of us, and all levels of
government, share in the responsibility of ensuring our seniors can
continue to live healthy and independent lives. We are falling behind.
Seniors have been left on waiting lists for homecare and our dedicated
front-line support workers are working 7 days a week and up to 12 hours
a day. Most home-care workers are living close to the poverty line,
while they do some of the most important work in our communities. We
desperately need all levels of government to invest in homecare to help
maintain the dignity of our seniors and those who work to support
For more information visit www.fulfillthepromise.ca
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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