Time to get out of your diapers and deal with the issues as grownups: CARP

    TORONTO, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - CARP, Canada's Association for the Fifty Plus,
is calling on all the parties escalating the uproar about Minister of Health,
George Smitherman's remarks, to stop the undignified rhetoric and deal
respectfully with the underlying issue of better funding for long term care.
    "CARP takes the position that there remains an urgent need for more
funding of nursing hours in long term care but vehemently objects to the
tactic of conjuring up these disturbing images to press the point because it
demeans the very people who are meant to be helped," said Susan Eng, Vice
President, Advocacy, CARP.
    "Minister Smitherman has demonstrated his commitment to seniors with the
requirement for higher standards of care and increased funding for nursing but
much more is still needed. Funding for nursing care is still below the
3.0 hour (per person per day) minimum set in other provinces and subsidies for
incontinence products are woefully inadequate."
    "But it is not just a matter of the hours of care but also the quality.
In at least one non-profit nursing home, the focus is on staff commitment
rather than product use. Careful personalized assessment of the daily patterns
of each resident allows the nursing staff to determine to what extent the
residents can be assisted with their hygiene needs, which in fact requires
more staff time, but preserves the health and dignity of the residents. With
efficient time management and staff commitment, that home is able to achieve
excellent care outcomes"
    "So nursing home operators and those representing nursing home workers
need to be part of the solution by providing better management of resources,
training and commitment to residents."
    "It's time that all the energy spent on scoring political points be
directed at funding and providing the services and dignity that our frail
elderly need and deserve."
    CARP meets regularly with the Minister of Health and will raise these and
other issues directly.

    CARP is the leading national voice for Canada's 50-plus generation which
numbers 11 million Canadians, or nearly 35% of the population. A non-profit,
non-partisan organization with 350,000 members and growing, CARP is committed
to promoting and protecting the rights and quality of life for 50-plus

For further information:

For further information: Susan Eng, Vice-President, Advocacy, CARP,
Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus, 27 Queen St. E., 13th Floor, Toronto,
ON, M5C 2M6, P: (416) 363-8748 x226, Toll-Free: 1-800-363-9736 x226,

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