GORE BAY—Jarlette Health Services has once again partnered with the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and other nursing homes across the province, including the Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay, to advocate on behalf of those living with us and also for future residents who will need help and support in the coming years. Over the next 10 years, there will be 50 percent more seniors over the age of 75. Priorities, if acted upon now, will greatly improve the care, service and quality associated with long-term care for the present and future generations of service.

“The Better Seniors Care awareness education program we have in place currently is in partnership with the OLTCA,” said Alison Riddy, of Jarlette Health Services, last week.

A Jarlette release explains the long-term care sector is facing imminent challenges that need to be addressed. Some of these priorities include: a redevelopment and renewal strategy for older and outdated long-term care homes including looking at the funding and support to provide residents with a newer, more spacious and comfortable home; the addition of more long-term beds so that families living in rural areas can access the same care and services as those living in urban centres; the provision of a more predictable approach to funding, securing earlier funding notices and ensuring annual increases that are on track with inflation; and increasing the number of specialized, in-home resources for all long-term care homes across the province, such as Behaviour Supports Ontario.”

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