Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO joins emergency town hall on LTC in Canada

Long-term care (LTC) has become a “systemic disgrace” said RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun during an emergency town hall on long-term care hosted by the Green Party of Canada and moderated by its leader Annamie Paul.

On Jan. 4, via Facebook Live, Grinspun joined seven other panelists – Dr. Gloria Gutman, professor/director emeriti in the dept. of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University; Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos, professor at the Ontario Tech University;  Moira Welsh, Toronto Star investigative reporter and Author of Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term-Care; Laura Tamblyn Watts, President and CEO of CanAge and Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals – to talk about the challenges and shortfalls still facing the long-term care sector. She noted the lack of nursing staff needed to provide basic care to residents and the direness of the situation. 
For a long time, RNAO has advocated on behalf of nursing staff in long-term care, most recently calling on Minister of Long-term Care Merrilee Fullerton to implement RNAO’s Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee. The guarantee calls for a staffing formula that provides no less than four worked hours of direct nursing and personal care per resident per day. 

RNAO has also created a social media movement called #4Hours4Seniors. To join the conversation, please retweet our tweets and sign our action alert to implement national standards for long-term care.   

To watch the full Facebook live, please watch online. RNAO also participated in several other Green Party of Canada emergency roundtable discussions on the COVID-19 crisis in LTC homes:

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