The time to Care Act, otherwise known in Ontario as Bill 33, has entered its second reading phase on Thursday, November 2nd. The purpose of the bill is to achieve a level of care that is acceptable for the long-term care of seniors. Seniors, their families, and care providers are all hoping for ‘All party support’ as it is necessary for these seniors living in long-term care facilities to receive the care they deserve. Candace Rennick, the Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario stated, “Right now, the only guarantees long-term care residents have in Ontario, are that there will be one nurse on site in the home 24 hours-a-day and that they will get two baths a week. This is not acceptable,” and she believes that the seniors in Ontario deserve a lot better. This is especially due to the high numbers of Ontarians living in long-term care. Over 78,000 residents are currently living in long-term care facilities, most of which are individuals over the age of 85, and three-quarters of them are living with some form of Alzheimer's or dementia. Unfortunately compared to other countries of the same economic standing Canada has the lowest level of care, with Ontario being the lowest in Canada.
SOURCE: Marketwired November 1st, 2017
AUTHOR(S): Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
DATE RETRIEVED: November 2nd 2017