TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes
and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) was pleased to see new funding in
today's Budget for long term care homes.
"Our message to government in the lead up to the Budget was that, at a
minimum, we needed a two percent increase in funding just to ensure
current care levels continue," said Donna Rubin, CEO of OANHSS. "We
were pleased to see that they responded so that we don't lose the gains
we have made."
The government has targeted these funds to address the increasingly
complex care needs of residents. A recent analysis of current resident
profiles showed high growth levels in several high prevalence areas
with dementia, depression, and anxiety increasing at an average annual
rate of 3.6%, 9.8% and 7.8% respectively.
"This investment will keep us moving forward but we are continuing to
see an increasing number of residents with heavy care needs and mental
health issues. We will continue to work with government to ensure homes
have the resources they need to provide safe, quality care for
residents," added Rubin.
OANHSS also commends the government's continued investment in the
"The government has put a high priority on supporting people to stay in
their own homes as long as possible. This funding will help ensure the
community sector has the resources it needs to play a larger and more
effective role in the continuum of care for seniors," said Rubin.
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.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
For further information:
Senior Director, Corporate and Public Affairs
(W) 905 851-8821 ext. 233
(C) 416 553-7401