Infection Control Study Supports OLTCA's Budget Request

    MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - A recently released cross-Canada survey
study supports the Ontario Long Term Care Association's (OLTCA) 2009 budget
request for government to address the erosion of a home's capacity to enhance
infection control and other services that support resident care and safety.
    "We are not surprised by the fact that the study conducted by Queen's
University showed that infection prevention and control resources and
programming in Canadian long term care homes fall short of recommended
standards," said OLTCA Executive Director, Janet Lambert.
    "Here in Ontario homes have been attempting to respond to increased
infection control requirements at the same time as their funding capacity to
provide the housekeeping, training and other services that help make a
difference have been declining. This study makes it clear that reversing this
trend has to be a government priority."
    Ms. Lambert pointed out that the increased cost of providing
housekeeping, maintenance, laundry, training and other services that directly
impact resident quality of care and quality of life have exceeded funding
increases for these services every year since 2003. Homes are no longer able
to absorb this $89 million, and growing, funding deficit.
    OLTCA is currently conducting a postcard campaign in its member homes
across Ontario providing residents, families and staff with the opportunity to
support the association's budget position. Signed postcards will be delivered
to MPPs over the next two weeks.
    Ms. Lambert said, "this long term care issue is an issue for all
Ontarians. When homes are able to provide residents with the care and services
they need, the 1,300 residents who now end up in hospital emergency rooms
every month will be reduced."
    OLTCA represents the private, not-for-profit, charitable and municipal
operators of 430 long term care homes that provide care and services to some
50,000 residents throughout Ontario.

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