TORONTO, March 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Last year more than 100,000 Ontarians relied on services provided by long-term care homes, the majority requiring care for complex conditions such as dementia. Over the next 20 years it is anticipated that there will be twice as many seniors over the age of 75 and, by extension, a growth in the number of people with complex needs who require long-term care services. Our seniors need to know that when they can no longer be cared for at home, the long-term care services they need will be there for them.
"We need to ensure that our system is sustainable and set up for continued success," said Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. "Right now, there are too many homes in need of redevelopment, specialized human resources vary from region-to-region, and the rate at which homes are being funded requires a minimum of inflationary growth."
At an event at Queen's Park today, Ms. Chartier outlined several priorities detailed in the Association's plan, Building Better Long-Term Care, which, if acted upon, could help enhance long-term care in Ontario. She also brought forward a petition, signed by more than 10,000 Ontarians, in support of the Association's plan. The priorities in the plan include:
- Implementing a plan to modernize every long-term care home in Ontario that has been classified as outdated by the province – increasing the quality of care to the 35,000 seniors who live in these homes.
- Ensuring seniors outside of urban centres have sufficient access to care close to home.
- Providing a more predictable approach to funding and ensuring specialized resources are enhanced to support residents with increasing needs.
Almost 90% of seniors living in long-term care today have some form of cognitive impairment, such as dementia. Newer homes create a better, safer environment for all residents and staff.
"It is so very important that we get the needs of long-term care addressed today, so that we can sustain and improve it for future generations," added Chartier. "Through our cost-efficient plan, we have presented several options to the government that will greatly improve care and supports for seniors. We've had great support for our campaign from Ontarians across the province who all agree – the time is now to make Better Seniors' Care a priority."
About the Ontario Long Term Care Association
The Ontario Long Term Care Association is the largest association of long-term care providers in Ontario and the only association that represents the full mix of long-term care operators — private, not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal. The Association represents nearly 70% of Ontario's 630 long-term care homes, located in communities across the province. Our members provide care and accommodation services to more than 70,000 residents annually.
SOURCE Ontario Long Term Care Association
For further information: Adrian Kupesic, Director of Public Affairs & Governance, Ontario Long Term Care Association, 647-256-3492, [email protected]