The CEO of RNAO and a leading Toronto geriatrician say Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) sector is headed for another disaster similar to the one that swept through nursing homes last spring, unless the government takes immediate steps to secure the health and safety of vulnerable residents and LTC staff.

Nov. 12, 2020

The lives of seniors matter. And nowhere is the demand for action and reform more urgent than in Canada’s long-term care (LTC) homes.
As COVID-19 has demonstrated, residents were largely forgotten as the virus swept through nursing homes during the past 10 months, claiming the lives of more than 5,000 seniors with the majority of those preventable deaths taking place in Ontario and Quebec.

Nov. 5, 2020

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is deeply concerned with a Fall 2020 budget that shows signs of a government tiring of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of a ferocious resurgence, what is needed is a budget that reflects the urgency of our circumstances and the need to protect the health, economic and social well-being of Ontarians – especially those who are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of this virus.

Nov. 5, 2020

RNAO is shocked by the lack of urgency in Monday’s announcement from the provincial government that they intend to meet minimum quality care standards in Ontario’s nursing homes by 2025. Urgent action and not an election promise is needed to protect the lives of nursing home residents as the province is now in the grips of a ferocious resurgence of COVID-19. As of Nov. 1, nearly 10 months into the pandemic, 74 nursing homes across the province are again battling COVID-19 outbreaks with insufficient staffing and resources.

Nov. 3, 2020

COVID-19 has accelerated access to virtual health care, and people from all walks of life are increasingly expecting their care to include different types of technologies powered by artificial intelligence (AI), such as predictive analytics and robotic devices. As this demand grows, a critical question emerges: How will nurses safeguard person-and family-centred compassionate care in this age of AI?

Oct. 21, 2020