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MORE PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TORONTO’S LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

McGuinty Government Funds 3,800 hours of care in Don Valley West.

August 20, 2008

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As part of Ontario’s $23.3 million investment to support the creation of 873 personal support workers (PSWs), Don Valley West will receive $52, 000 (3,800) hours of care for area long-term care homes.

This will increase the average paid hours of direct daily care per resident to 3.26 hours this year of nursing, personal care and programming and support services.   This is the first round of funding to add 2,500 new personal support worker positions and 2,000 more nurses in long-term care homes over the next four years, as announced in the 2008 Budget.  

These additional frontline staff will increase the average paid hours of direct daily care per resident in long-term care homes to 3.5 hours by 2011. As a result, long-term care home residents will benefit from more hands-on care, such as personal hygiene care, help with transferring into chairs, vehicles or beds, as well as dressing and undressing.   

“No doubt, these personal support workers will provide more bedside care to residents and help to improve access to quality health care in Toronto’s long-term homes,” said Kathleen Wynne,  MPP for Don Valley West  “Today’s announcement allows the our loved ones to live with greater dignity and comfort.”       

“Access to quality health care, when and where it is needed, continues to be a focus for this government, because it’s what matters most to the people of Ontario,” said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “This latest investment will contribute to strengthening staff capacity in the long-term care sector, which ultimately means more bedside care for residents.”  


QUICK FACTS   
    Since 2004, the government has funded at least 6,100 new frontline staff in long term care homes, including 2,300 nurses.       
Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, submitted a report this spring following an independent review of staffing and care standards in long-term care homes. Sharkey is currently leading an Implementation Team that includes representatives of residents and families and providers and staff. This team will develop local staffing pans that would increase accountability for how staffing dollars are spent.  
§         For the first time, the government will work with the Ontario Health Quality Council to publicly report on the quality of care in the province’s long-term care homes.  
§         Ontario is consulting on regulations under the new Long-Term Care Homes Act, which will introduce new measures to improve care and resident safety.   §         More than half of the long-term care homes in the province, representing 35,000 older long-term care beds, will be upgraded over the next ten years.   LEARN
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Find out more about personal care and support online   Find out more about the Ontario Long-Term Care Association 

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