Ontarian's Rally and Demand the Government to Pass Bill 33: Time to Care Act

Monday, March 5, 2018

On February 27, 2018 Ontario’s unions, long-term care workers, seniors and families of residents rallied together for the passing of Bill 33. Bill 33 or “The Time to Care Act” legislates a minimum care standard of four hours of daily hands-on care for long-term care facilities. Passing this bill will effect 78 000 people living in long-term care homes in Ontario and improve quality of life, not only for residents but for care workers as well. Due to the current minimum care standard, residents are being denied care and workers are forced to rush through their tasks. This is leading to injury, burnout, and makes it almost impossible to create meaningful relationships between the residents and care providers. With current standards support workers are only given five to seven minutes to get each resident ready in the morning. “Right now, workers don’t have the time they need to properly care for our seniors living in long-term care. Staff have to rush through a checklist with each resident. They have no time to listen to them, no time to come when they need help to the bathroom and residents are being forced into incontinence, ”said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and a former long-term care worker. With the passing of Bill 33, advocates believe there will be a reduction in violence and injury, and allow residents to receive the care they need, ultimately passing of the bill will increase quality of life for residents in long-term care. The Ontario Federation of Labour President, Chris Buckley, says, “Our government can, and must, take action”.
SOURCE: Globe-News Wire: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/02/27/1395697/0/en/Hundreds-rally-in-support-of-Bill-33-demand-better-standards-for-long-term-care-residents.html
DATE RETRIEVED: February 28, 2018

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