Long-term care advocate calls for immediate investments to add more beds and hire more front-line staff in Ontario homes

Toronto – October 25, 2017 – More beds, modernized homes, and more staff are needed if Ontario is going to keep up with the growing needs of seniors, says the Ontario Long Term Care Association. Unveiling its 2018 Budget and Pre-Election report at a speech in Toronto, the Association pointed to the growing needs of seniors living in long-term care and the increasing waiting list to access these services, calling for government action.

“This year, more than 32,000 seniors remain on a waiting list to get access to long-term care services – a number that has grown substantially from last year’s 26,000 and could grow to 84,000 in the next 10 years if nothing is done,” said Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Long Term Care Association. “On top of the growing demand for care, the needs of residents continue to grow. Our plan addresses the complex care needs of Ontario’s seniors and the growing demand for care. The time for action is now.”

Released at the Economic Club of Canada, the Association presented several key recommendations to ensure the province’s long-term care system is sustainable and set up for continued success. The 15-page plan, More Care. Better Care., helps prepare the province for the number of seniors that will need to access residential care and will improve the quality of the care provided to these seniors. These recommendations include:

  • More care with more beds: Building 10,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years.
  • More care with more staff: Funding for additional registered nursing staff and personal support workers which would provide more than 3.2 million more care hours to seniors living in long-term care.
  • Better care with more dementia care: Expanding in-home Behavioural Supports Ontario teams to every long-term care home in Ontario.
  • Better care with modernized homes: Taking steps to modernize the 40% of long-term care homes that require renovations or to be rebuilt.

The Association also highlighted the urgent need for more enhanced support for smaller long-term care homes throughout the province, who play a vital role in their communities but have increased challenges when it comes to maintain operations.

Read more at OLTCA.com.

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