Toronto—CLAC strongly endorses the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA) Better Seniors’ Care campaign, outlined by Candace Chartier, the association’s CEO, during an address today at a luncheon held by the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.

The OLTCA’s campaign focuses on three key initiatives that it is asking the Ontario government to undertake.

1. Provide enhanced funding for nursing staff and personal support workers (PSWs). An additional 4.1 percent of funding would add almost two million hours to front-line care provided by PSWs and 1.2 million nursing care hours. Homes should have flexibility in how to apply the additional funding to best address staffing shortages and meet residents’ needs.

2. Develop a policy as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s funding that incentivizes innovation and technology in the sector.
3. Provide a schedule of when each long term care home will have fully funded in-home behavioural support teams to help caregivers deal with residents suffering from complex mental health issues, addictions, dementia, or other neurological conditions.

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