Bowmanville long-term care residents, families and staff call for better seniors care

BOWMANVILLE — Staff and residents held a dance party at the Glen Hill Strathaven long-term care home on Friday, Oct. 26, to kick off a campaign asking the provincial government to support better seniors care.

“We need more staff. Definitely more PSWs. They’re a great bunch of girls. They really are very caring, but they work too hard,” said Rosemary Schwartzel, who has lived in Strathaven for 1½ years. “I’m very happy here.”

The event marked the launch of an Ontario Long Term Care Association plan to reduce wait times and improve care for seniors living in long-term care homes. The plan — called Long-term care that works. For seniors. For Ontario. — suggests three things:

1. Hire more staff. Understaffed homes and rising rates of patients with dementia put a strain on long-term care workers.

2. Build and modernize homes. Funding to add new beds and rebuild long-term care homes.

3. Less paperwork, to focus on care. Copious amounts of paperwork can affect the direct-care hours available for residents.

“It all equals quality of life, as far as I’m concerned” said Tammy McKeown, Glen Hill Strathaven director of care. “If the government gives us more beds, of course we need more staff. It’s a combination of all three we need.”

Read more at DurhamRegion.com.