TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - In its deputation to Toronto City
Council's Executive Committee today, the Ontario Association of
Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) endorsed the City
Manager's recommendation for further study before a decision is made on
the future of Toronto's long term care homes.
"This is a very complex issue that requires a thorough and careful
review," said Donna Rubin, CEO of OANHSS. "At the heart of it is the
well-being of the 2,600 residents in the City's 10 homes and ensuring
that they receive the best possible care."
OANHSS acknowledged the City's concerns about the added costs that
municipalities face in operating long term care homes and urged Toronto
to join OANHSS and other municipalities in pressing the Government of
Ontario to reimburse municipalities fairly for the additional costs
imposed by provincial legislation and policy.
Municipalities are mandated by provincial legislation to operate at
least one long term care home. They also have distinctly different
operating circumstances from other types of homes in the long term care
sector. Many of these differences exist due to provincially controlled
factors such as pay equity legislation and the arbitration process. The
higher than average salary and benefit costs that result put municipal
homes at a disadvantage when comparing their costs to other sectors.
"We urge the City not to pursue divestment or private management, at
least until it has explored a fair reimbursement option. Toronto can
and should be proud that it has gone well beyond the minimum and
developed a respected and in-demand program that is serving very high
needs residents," said Rubin. "Adequate provincial funding will ensure
that municipalities can continue to fulfill their mandate."
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members
include municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit
nursing homes, seniors' housing projects and community service
agencies. Member organizations operate over 27,000 long term care beds
and over 5,000 seniors' housing units across the province.
For a copy of OANHSS' remarks, go to www.oanhss.org.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
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