TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Today's forum, hosted by the Ontario
Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS), put
a spotlight on seniors' care and services, one of the most pressing
election issues in the lead up to next month's provincial election.
"We felt it was important for our sector to hear from the four political
parties on their plans for meeting the current and future care and
service needs of Ontario's seniors," said Donna Rubin, CEO of OANHSS.
Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara, PC MPP Christine Elliott, NDP MPP Michael
Prue, and Green Party representative Mike Schreiner fielded tough
questions on the future of LHINs, adequate supports to keep seniors at
home and tackling long wait lists for long term care, among others.
While each party proposed different solutions, all four agreed that
seniors' health care is a key priority that must be addressed.
"These are very complex issues and there are no easy answers to
addressing the needs of Ontario's seniors. OANHSS firmly believes that
one of the first steps the next government must take is to launch a
comprehensive capacity planning exercise," said Rubin. "This is the
only way to ensure that seniors have access to the most cost-effective
care and services they require when and where they need them."
OANHSS released its election position statement, Making Seniors a Priority, earlier this year and identified four key priorities and solutions for
the next government that if implemented will result not only in better
outcomes and a higher quality of life for seniors and their caregivers,
but also a more effective health care system. Chief among these are
increased staffing for long term care and specialized resources to
support seniors with dementia and other mental health needs.
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.
Image with caption: "Ontario seniors at the OANHSS Forum, Making Seniors a Priority, held on Friday, September 23, 2011 (CNW Group/Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110923_C6297_PHOTO_EN_3776.jpg
Image with caption: "Provincial party politicians discuss seniors' care at the OANHSS forum, Making Seniors a Priority, held on Friday, September 23, 2011. From left to right: Green Party representative Mike Schreiner, NDP MPP Michael Prue, Forum moderator Susanna Kelley, PC MPP Christine Elliott, Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara, and OANHSS Board Chair Kevin Queen. (CNW Group/Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110923_C6297_PHOTO_EN_3777.jpg
SOURCE Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
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