Ontario long term care association calls for government to make seniors care a priority

TORONTO—Representatives of the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay support calls by the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLCA) to make seniors care a priority.

“We support the (OLTCA) Better Seniors Care Campaign, specifically in-home behaviour support of Ontario (BSO),” said Lee Turley, administrator/staff educator No. 2 at the Manitoulin Lodge. “In the last two years, Manitoulin Lodge has ranked number one for gathering the most signatures within the small homes category to support the campaign. This year is no different, we will be seeking support from community partners, families, residents, friends, and other community members.”

Mr. Turley noted, “for those who have BSO, it works very well. For those who don’t have in-house BSO, it’s always a game of catch up. When there is BSO in the home, the focus of the home is up skilling existing staff and supporting efforts that are geared at improving the care for residents with dementia. Research shows that in-home teams are two to four times more likely to reduce or eliminate challenging behaviours.”

Last year, more than 100,000 Ontarians relied on services provided by long-term care homes, the majority requiring care for complex conditions such as dementia. The needs of seniors will continue to rise and it is imperative that the system is sustainable and set up for continued success.

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