Seventy‐nine thousand (79,000) of the province's frailest seniors call Ontario's 626 long‐term care (LTC) facilities home and trust them to meet their physical, social, spiritual and cognitive needs on a daily basis. The resident population is older, with 93 per cent over 64 years of age, 82 per cent being over 74 and 55 per cent over 84. And while there are definitely challenges in providing holistic care to seniors due to the increasing numbers in the “frail elderly” category and their rising acuity, we know care for older persons in our society can be provided in a manner that is safe, humane and client and family‐centred.
This submission is in response to the Long‐Term Care Staffing Study Advisory Group struck to address Recommendation 85 of the Gillese Inquiry into the criminal acts of a staff member that resulted in the untimely deaths of a number of residents and issued its recommendations on July 31, 2019. Justice Eileen Gillese gave the government a deadline of July 31, 2020 to develop a staffing plan for long‐term care, and table it in the legislature.
In this submission, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) asks to establish a “Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee” for residents living in nursing homes. RNAO calls for a new era in LTC by guaranteeing the basic care needed, shoring up staffing levels for regulated and personal support staff, and adjusting the staff mix, so residents in nursing homes can count on consistent, safe and quality care.
Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee
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"This submission is to honour the 1,963 residents in LTC who lost their lives over the past four months, in part, because of years of government neglect."
"Premier, too many lives have been lost and too many families are waiting for change that is long overdue. A nursing home basic care guarantee will help lead us where we need to go."
Our record of advocacy and action for residents in long-term care
- Reuniting family with their loved ones in long-term care homes during COVID-19 (July 15, 2020)
- Long-Term Care Systemic Failings: Two Decades of Staffing and Funding Recommendations (June 5, 2020)
- Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians (ECCO) 3.0 (May 12, 2020)
- Long-Term Care staffing plan welcomed, but lack of urgency and legislated action will continue to devastate residents, their loved ones, and staff for years to come (Dec. 18, 2020)
- Nurses urge dedicated funding for infection prevention and control to combat wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes (Dec. 4, 2020)
- RNAO statement in response to the government’s announcement on increasing direct care for long-term care resident to four hours per day (Nov. 3, 2020)
- RNAO endorses Bill 13: Time to Care Act and urges government to pass into law promptly (Oct. 30, 2020)
- Nurses say throne speech advances A Just Recovery for All (Sept. 23, 2020)
- RNAO joins global movement A Just Recovery for All (Sept. 9, 2020)
- LTC staffing study highlights what RNAO has been saying for two decades: Government must immediately mandate hiring to avert second tragedy (July 30, 2020)
- Thousands join call for the Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee (July 27, 2020)
- RNAO Calls for Immediate Action in Response to the Canadian Armed Forces’ LTC report with Minister Fullerton’s July 31 Report to Legislature (May 28, 2020)
- RNAO applauds government's announcement of expert commission to address long-standing systemic shortfalls in long-term care post-COVID (May 20, 2020)