OLTCA Welcomes Direction and Content of Sharkey Report

    MARKHAM, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - OLTCA welcomes the release of the Sharkey
report and looks forward to working with Ms. Sharkey, the Ministry and other
stakeholders on its implementation to enhance the care experience for long
term care residents and their families.
    "We welcome that Ms. Sharkey has validated the need for additional
resources in long term care homes," OLTCA Executive Director, Janet Lambert,
said, "and we are pleased that the Minister has indicated that additional
resources are a government priority. We are equally pleased that both Ms.
Sharkey and the Ministry recognize that quality care is about more than a
staffing number."
    In its submission to Ms. Sharkey's review OLTCA pointed out that quality
resident care is determined by a combination of factors. These included
appropriate staffing levels, a supportive work environment, measurable
resident quality outcomes, a compliance framework that supports performance
improvement, and resident and family satisfaction surveys.
    "We believe the importance of this report lies in its recognition of the
many factors that contribute to a quality resident care experience and the
importance of comprehensively and collaboratively addressing all of these
factors," Ms. Lambert said.
    "With a commitment from the government and all of the stakeholders to
focus on meeting the needs of the residents, I am confident that collectively
we can achieve the vision of this report for the benefit of those to whom it
matters most," she said.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Gilbert Heffern, Director of
Communications and Public Affairs, (905) 470-8995, ext. 25, (647) 999-8341
(cell), gheffern@oltca.com

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