A Time For You to Act in Support of
Bill 13 - Time to Care Act
The government needs to be reminded of the urgency to address the care of residents in Long Term Care (LTC) homes. Bill 13 is the new number assigned to The Time to Care Act when it was re-introduced in July 2018. We do not know yet when this bill will be brought forward for second reading and debate. However, we feel that the best way to use this interim time is to remind and educate the members sitting in the legislature of the issues. Many MPPs are new to their role and are running to keep up with the rapidly changing agendas presented. Some are not aware of the previous petitions, rallies and debates that occurred to pressure the government to support increased funding to provide the needed average of four hours of care per day for seniors in LTC.
It is important that MPPs are aware of the details and hear that many of their constituents are concerned and want to see a resolution. Members of the Advocacy Committee have sent emails to all MPPs in our region and are following up with meetings face to face. To reach all the MPPs in LHIN4, FCN4 encourages each Family Council to share this sample letter with their members, friends and family, adapt it to their own voice and then mail or email to their local MPP. When the time comes for the second reading vote, that MPP will be prepared with the facts and be encouraged to vote yes.
In addition a new petition is being used to solicit the names of people like you who want to pressure the MPPs to vote for the improvements necessary for the living conditions of those in Long Term Care. We would encourage you to copy the petition (on the right) and use it to gather the names of others you come in contact with who are willing to support this initiative. Instructions for sending the completed petition(s) are included at the bottom of the petition
Thanks so much for action and support!
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Long Term Care
The Goal: Maintaining dignity and respect as we age
In general, Long-Term Care Homes offer higher levels of personal care and support than those typically offered by either retirement homes or supportive housing. They are licensed or approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA). The requirements in the LTCHA ensure that residents of these homes receive safe, consistent and high-quality resident-centred care in settings where residents feel at home, are treated with respectand have the supports and services they need for their health and well-being.
The Ontario Ministry of Health publication related to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario states "Long-Term Care Homes are designed for people who need help with daily activities, supervision in a secure setting and/or access to 24-hour nursing care." Furthermore, the publication, Every Resident, outlines the Bill of Rights for people who live in Ontario Long-Term care homes.
The first two items in the Bill of Rights state:
"Every resident has the right to be treated with courtesy and respect and in a way that fully recognizes the resident's individualtiy and respects the resident's dignity.
Every resident has the right to be protected from abuse."
The purpose our committee is to ensure that these mandates are met along with the 25 other items in the Bill of Rights. To see the entire document check out this website: http://www.acelaw.ca/appimages/file/Residents_Rights_Insert.pdf
Long Term Care in Ontario is in Danger
Despite numerous reports and studies provided to the government, a significant gap between the care and service needs of residents in Long Term Care remains. Almost 15% of seniors depend on others to assist them with their activities of daily living and the number is expected to triple over the next 50 years.
Presently, there are more than 80,000 people who receive care in a long-term care home and there are more than 34,000 people on the waitlist. Studies suggest that this number go up to 48,000 over the next few years without a change in the current capacity.
More than half of the residents in long-term care homes today have dementia, a third show aggressive behaviours and one in ten is considered severly aggressive. Over 30,000 residents are in older and outdated facilities, many of which do not meet current design or safety standards.
Action is needed, now!
Long term care in Ontario no longer provides a minimum standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of residents who require hands-on care. The current situation is critical. Wait lists for long term care facilities have grown longer and demographics indicate that demand for beds and complex care will continue to increase. Staff who provide direct care are experiencing increased workloads and challenges as a result of these increased acuity needs without receiving any additional support.
The situation will not get better without strong intervention. The safety and well-being of the residents and staff in our long-term care homes needs to be a priority. Staff education and training needs to keep pace with the changing needs of the resident population. More direct care staff to meet the increasingly challenging resident population with a high level of dementia is a must. View for yourself why we feel there is a need for a Call for Action!
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You Can Make a Difference
Call and encourage your MPP to vote in support of Bill 13 - Time to Care Act. Click here to see who your new representative is and how to get in touch with him or her.
Get involved in our Letter Writing campaign - again go to our You can make a difference tab for information on the campaign and access to an example of a letter you can use to draft yours.
If you have a loved one or friend in a long-term care home, become a member of your local Family Council and encourage the group to become vocal on the issues. If there is no Family Council in the home, work to have one established. Learn how to get involved with a Family Council at a Long Term Care home.
Consider joining the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), a non-partisan organization that works to maintain a strong Public Medicare system in Ontario. Check out their website: www.ontariohealthcoaltion.ca.