Long Term Care

Press Release April 29, 2021

April 17 – LTC Survey Report

Trained Personal Support Workers who have full time jobs with benefits including sick days are key to the improvement and recovery of the Long-Term Care (LTC) sector, staffing levels adequate to provide a minimum of 4 hours of care per resident by December 2022, on-site unannounced inspections are recommendations from a Spring 2021 survey, Long Term Care in Ontario, with 1272 respondents covering 195 towns and cities in Ontario, from Ottawa to Oakville to Stratford and Windsor. The survey was done by CFUW Stratford in cooperation with CFUW chapters of Windsor, Oakville and Kitchener-Waterloo, with the assistance of Regional Director Elena Freeman. Read the survey report here.

Backgrounder – Prepared by CFUW Windsor

Ontario’s Guide to the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and Regulation 79/10 establishes the following rights for residents.  We have selected a few rights to highlight but the entire Guide is readily available on-line for anyone wanting to protect the rights of a resident.  Read the Backgrounder.

Mar 28 – LTC Campaign Update

New campaign photo and suggested text for social media posts. Please see below.

With the release of the Ontario budget last week, CFUW Stratford have provided a new campaign photo and have updated the suggested text for your social media posts: PLEASE take our short CFUW Ontario survey https://bit.ly/2O7iiTg Let Premier Ford know that care for our elders and LTC staff is important. You can make a difference! #LTCcare # LTCjustice.

Learn more about the campaign at CFUW Stratford. And encourage all your club’s members to take the survey: https://bit.ly/2O7iiTg.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share our LTC campaign posts. Create your own Facebook and Instagram posts and Like and Share. Use the image as above.

Mar 10 – CFUW Ontario Council Launches Province-Wide LTC Campaign Today

You can make such a difference!

Ontario Council is promoting a multifaceted campaign to support tackling two of the main issues with the ongoing tragedy in Ontario Long Term Care Homes. All clubs in Ontario will work together to compile a survey to be released to the press through Ontario Council and our results will be sent to the Premier and his Ministers.  Learn more about the campaign at CFUW Stratford. And encourage all your club’s members to take the survey: https://bit.ly/2O7iiTg.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share our LTC campaign posts. Create your own Facebook and Instagram posts and Like and Share. Use the English image as above. The French image is on the CFUW Stratford website. Suggested post: “Join with CFUW Stratford in our plea to Premier Ford to recruit, train, and properly pay full time Personal Support Workers in 2021 and to put people before profit in Long Term Care.  To have your say, take the survey: https://bit.ly/2O7iiTg. Please share!

Join us by emailing your contact list!

Please invite your friends and contacts to take our survey and use any of the material above.

Women Helping Women build a better future!  

Jan 22 – Ontario Health Coalition Press Conference

Sandy Thomson  represented CFUW Ontario Council at this press conference with over 108 participants, regarding LTC.

The four key speakers were women who had or have relatives in LTC – a somber moment after each story.  The participants were varied. Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director announced the Canadian Federation of University Women Ontario Council as one of the participants.

Here are six top demands for the government from OHC:

  1. STAFFING: Need immediate recruitment – with the offer of better wages, benefits and working conditions
  2. Want the military deployed – though was unable to say if they (the military) had the capacity to do so
  3. Improvement and enforcement of infection control standards and practices; the issuance of fines
  4. LTC homes – residents, staff, personnel to be vaccinated immediately
  5. Calling for the resignation of Dr. M. Fullerton, Minister
  6. Calls to follow the Quebec Model of recruitment and hiring 10,000 orderlies (PSWs), train for three months and paid $21/hr and then placed in LTC homes at $26/hr; also hiring of managers with infection control expertise

In accordance with our policy, Sandy issued this statement:  

“With decades of little oversight in our long term care facilities, we are now faced with a severe crisis, heightened by the pandemic.  Further to A Better Place to Live, a Better Place to Work: Ontario’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan, which is welcomed, we need current information on timelines regarding recruitment, training, staffing, and regulation requirements.”

Letter Writing Campaign

CFUW Oakville, proposer of Emergency Resolution 2 Long-Term Care – Protect the Vulnerable, are ready to proceed with a letter writing campaign and have drafted a template letter.

Letters Sent

November 24, 2020

Ontario Council sent a letter to the Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, urging the government to reinstate unannounced annual inspections of all LTC facilities in Ontario.

September 20, 2020

CFUW Windsor sent a letter to Lisa Gretzky, MPP for Windsor West, supporting the passage of the More Than a Visitor Act. MPP Gretzky announced this private member’s bill in September. The new bill enshrines rights for people receiving care, support or services in congregate care settings, such as long-term care and group homes, to ensure consistent, continuous and safe access to their essential caregivers. The bill has passed 2nd reading in the Legislature and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

CFUW Advocacy Package

Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act

Long-Term Care: Protect the Vulnerable

CFUW Policy Adopted August 2020

Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act – 2020

Proposed by: CFUW Stratford & South Shore University Women’s Club (Montreal)

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women urge the federal, provincial, territorial, and indigenous governments of Canada to create universal, accessible, regulated, respectful, and quality long-term care for the immediate and growing needs of elderly and vulnerable persons in Canada by placing it under the Canada Health Act.

Soins de Longue Durée Sous L’Égide de la Loi Canadienne sur La Santé — 2020

Proposée par: FCFDU Stratford et l’Association des femmes diplômées des universités — Rive-Sud (Montréal)

IL EST RÉSOLU QUE, la Fédération Canadienne des Femmes Diplômées des Universités exhorte le gouvernement fédéral ainsi que les gouvernements provinciaux, territoriaux et autochtones du Canada à créer des soins de santé de longue durée universels, accessibles, réglementés, respectueux et de qualité pour répondre aux besoins actuels et croissants des personnes âgées et vulnérables au Canada en intégrant ces soins de longue durée dans la Loi canadienne sur la santé.

Long-Term Care: Protect the Vulnerable

Proposed by: CFUW Oakville

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to establish common evidence-based standards that ensure all vulnerable Canadians can live in safety, comfort and dignity and have access to high quality, affordable long-term care (LTC);

RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to define and implement high quality LTC that is achieved by, but not limited to:

  1. ensuring that person-in-care/staff ratios are consistent with evidence based best practices and that care providers are qualified, well-paid and offered their choice full or part time positions;
  2. ensuring that all new LTC facilities are built on a non-profit model;
  3. ensuring annual, unscheduled on-site inspections;
  4. ensuring compliance of licensing standards;
  5. ensuring that needs-based education and training is provided to all LTC staff;
  6. ensuring that LTC staff have the equipment and support to properly care for residents and protect them in times of sickness or health, aggression and harassment;
  7. ensuring that all LTC facilities have a plan, equipment and the capacity to quickly implement infection control measures to protect residents and staff.

Les Soins de Longue Durée : Protégeons les Personnes Vulnérables

Proposée par: FCFDU Oakville

IL EST RÉSOLU QUE, la Fédération Canadienne des Femmes Diplômées des Universités (FCFDU) invite fortement le gouvernement fédéral ainsi que les gouvernements provinciaux, territoriaux et municipaux à établir des normes fondées sur des données probantes pour assurer que tous les Canadiens et Canadiennes vulnérables puissent vivre en sécurité, dans le confort et dans la dignité et qu’ils aient accès à des soins de longue durée (SLD) abordables et de qualité supérieure;

IL EST RÉSOLU QUE, la FCFDU invite fortement le gouvernement fédéral ainsi que les gouvernements provinciaux, territoriaux et municipaux à définir et à mettre en œuvre des SLD de qualité supérieure, entre autres :

  1. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  2. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  3. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  4. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  5. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  6. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;
  7. En assurant que le ratio de personnes recevant des soins et d’employés est cohérent avec les meilleures pratiques établies, et que les fournisseurs de soins sont qualifiés et bien payés, en plus d’avoir eu le choix de travailler à temps plein ou à temps partiel;

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