Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO welcomes action plan for seniors

A new strategy that promises to strengthen Ontario’s long-term care (LTC), home care and primary care sectors is getting praise by RNAO.

Aging with confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors was introduced on Nov. 7, detailing a comprehensive vision for improving supports for Ontarians 65 and older. As part of the action plan, Ontario will seek to reduce waiting lists by creating 5,000 new LTC beds by 2022 and 30,000 over the next decade. Staffing levels in LTC will also be increased to ensure a provincial average of four hours of direct care per resident, per day – a longtime RNAO policy priority aimed at increasing the health outcomes and safety of residents. To meet that care standard, RNAO recommends that long-term care homes have one attending NP per 120 residents, and a staffing mix consisting of 20 per cent RNs, 25 per cent RPNs, and no more than 55 per cent PSWs.

RNAO is also strongly urging the province to review and transform LTC funding models to advance best practices while also taking into account the increased complexity of residents. The current funding models penalize homes where resident outcomes are improved through evidence-based practices.

In addition, RNAO supports the province’s new guidelines for home care assessment and planning based on individual and caregivers needs, but is urging to province to require that these assessments be conducted by RNs.

To learn more about RNAO’s response, please read our media release.

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