The issue

Ontario’s 626 long-term care homes are not meeting the needs of their 79,000 residents. For decades, successive governments ignored dozens of reports and recommendations to improve care in nursing homes. Today, Ontario continues to underfund and understaff homes. An aging resident population with increasing complexity calls for increased care from staff with the right skill mix. COVID-19 has exposed chronic underfunding and under-staffing with devastating and tragic consequences.

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RNAO's provincial election platform 2022
Nurses know what factors influence and shape people’s health. That’s why RNAO has developed a set of recommendations that cover the environment, the social determinants of health, nursing, care delivery and fiscal capacity.
Action Alert
Enshrine a nursing home basic care guarantee in legislation, premier, set the path forward!
We call on the premier to honour and respect those who died, the ones who loved them and the ones who cared for them.
Action Alert
National standards for long-term care (LTC) are needed now
Let Prime Minister Justin Trudeau know that Canada needs national standards for LTC now!

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Get involved. Use the following hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to participate in the ongoing dialogue: #LTC, #ActionAlert, #4Hours4Seniors, #BasicCareGuarantee

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Long-term care policy documents

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Submission to the Minister of Long-Term Care on proposed phase one regulations to the Fixing Long-Term Care Act

RNAO believes that the current changes to LTC legislation and regulations are necessary, but not sufficient, to ensure safe and quality care in long-term care. We now urge the government to implement significant regulatory amendments beyond what has been proposed. This is needed to address the same critical deficiencies that we identified in the legislation – deficiencies which hinder the FLTCA from making a real and positive impact on LTC residents, their loved ones, and staff.

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RNAO provides feedback to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021.

Essential family care partners: A safe, humane and step-by-step approach

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Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee

In its submission to the government’s Staffing Study Advisory Group, RNAO calls on the government to provide a minimum of four worked hours of nursing and personal support care to each nursing home resident, each day. The Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee also sets out the appropriate staffing skill mix to provide for safe and dignified care for aging residents with increasingly complex conditions. The guarantee includes other recommendations for infection prevention and control necessary for the care of Ontario’s 79,000 nursing home residents.

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  • Submission for long-term care regulations
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    Nurse with mask looking out window

    Submission to the Minister of Long-Term Care on proposed phase one regulations to the Fixing Long-Term Care Act

    RNAO believes that the current changes to LTC legislation and regulations are necessary, but not sufficient, to ensure safe and quality care in long-term care. We now urge the government to implement significant regulatory amendments beyond what has been proposed. This is needed to address the same critical deficiencies that we identified in the legislation – deficiencies which hinder the FLTCA from making a real and positive impact on LTC residents, their loved ones, and staff.

    READ MORE

  • RNAO's response to Bill 37, the Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act
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    Senior woman looking out window

    RNAO provides feedback to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021.

    Essential family care partners: A safe, humane and step-by-step approach

    READ SUBMISSION

  • Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee
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    Senior woman wearing mask

    Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee

    In its submission to the government’s Staffing Study Advisory Group, RNAO calls on the government to provide a minimum of four worked hours of nursing and personal support care to each nursing home resident, each day. The Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee also sets out the appropriate staffing skill mix to provide for safe and dignified care for aging residents with increasingly complex conditions. The guarantee includes other recommendations for infection prevention and control necessary for the care of Ontario’s 79,000 nursing home residents.

    LEARN MORE