SEIU to Dalton McGuinty - Stop dithering on nursing home standards

    TORONTO, July 4 /CNW/ - There are four priorities the Ontario government
must act on immediately to ensure nursing home residents are cared for in
dignity says Sharleen Stewart, President of Service Employees International
Union Local 1 Canada, a union that represents 15,000 nursing home workers.

    1.  Immediately set a standard of 3.5 hours of care per resident. The
        standard must only include direct personal care professionals such as
        Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Personal Support

    2.  Ensure every Ontario incontinent nursing home resident receives a
        "diaper" change when needed and not until it is 80% full. In January,
        Ministry of Health and Long Term Care officials refused a request by
        SEIU and the Ontario Federation of Labour to review its incontinent
        products policy.

    3.  Every nursing home resident should receive three baths per week. This
        was a promise made by Dalton McGuinty to SEIU prior to the 2003

    4.  Every violation of a standard in every nursing home must be posted on
        the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care web site in a more timely
        manner than it is currently. We need real time reporting of

    In addition every resident and family member acting as a legal guardian
must be given a complete up to date inspection report of the home and what the
home has done to comply with the inspection orders prior to any admission.

For further information:

For further information: Sharleen Stewart, (416) 209-7741 c; John Van
Beek, (905) 660-1800, (416) 805-0670 c

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