Report Supports Continued Capacity Building Efforts in Long Term Care

    MARKHAM, ON, June 9 /CNW/ - The Ontario Long Term Care Association
(OLTCA) welcomes the Ontario Health Quality Council's (OHQC) 2009 Annual
Report as a strong message of support for continuing to build the sector's
capacity as a health system partner and innovative care provider.
    "It is reaffirming for homes and staff to see that nine out of 10
residents rate the care they receive as good to excellent," said OLTCA CEO
Christina Bisanz. "We are also encouraged with the recognition for the
innovative practices being developed in long term care homes in areas such as
falls and pressure ulcers as well as the work being done in collaboration with
the Ministry and others to improve medication safety."
    "At the same time," she said, "we believe the following three key
initiatives can be undertaken to positively impact the room for improvement in
the key areas the Council identifies in its report."
    "First, with the evidence of increasing wait times, government must
engage the sector as a full partner at the central policy level in developing
the innovative solutions required to address the complex issues of system
access and wait times."
    "Second, it is clear that additional resources are still part of the
solution including for maintenance, laundry, housekeeping, training and other
services that directly support the quality of the resident care and home
    "Thirdly, we must enhance our efforts, including through OHQC, to improve
our access to quality data and the system's collective knowledge of new
developments and innovative practices in long term care that make a
    Ms. Bisanz said, "we appreciate government's priority, through the
efforts of OHQC and others, to strengthen the evidence based view of long term
care as a framework for policy development and decision making."
    "Today's report encourages and informs our sector, our health sector
partners and the province with respect to appropriately enhancing the value of
long term care services to residents and our health care system," she said.
"We will use this report to support our members' continuing efforts to enhance
quality of care and quality of life in their homes and to further inform our
discussions with government and others."

    OLTCA represents the private, not-for-profit, charitable and municipal
operators of 428 long term care homes that provide care and services to some
50,000 residents throughout Ontario.

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

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