Long-term care

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.

What the evidence says
 
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Take action

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
An urgent call for more nurse practitioners (NP)
Join our call for more nurse practitioner (NP)-led clinics and attending NPs in long-term care.
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!

Social media

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

We believe family caregivers must be seen as “essential visitors” to their loved ones in LTC and recommend they are identified as Essential Family Care Partners (EFCP) because they are critical to person- and family-centred care. 

THE FIVE-STEP PLAN

 

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Response to government’s long-term care staffing plan

RNAO welcomes the release of the government’s long-term care staffing plan, but believes lack of urgency and legislated action will continue to devastate residents, their loved ones and staff for years to come.

READ OUR MEDIA RELEASE

 

  • 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

  • Essential family care partners: a safe, humane and step-by-step approach
    Image
    Senior woman looking out window

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

    We believe family caregivers must be seen as “essential visitors” to their loved ones in LTC and recommend they are identified as Essential Family Care Partners (EFCP) because they are critical to person- and family-centred care. 

    THE FIVE-STEP PLAN

     

  • Response to government’s long-term care staffing plan
    Image
    Nurse with mask looking out window

    Response to government’s long-term care staffing plan

    RNAO welcomes the release of the government’s long-term care staffing plan, but believes lack of urgency and legislated action will continue to devastate residents, their loved ones and staff for years to come.

    READ OUR MEDIA RELEASE