Sudbury’s Finlandia called a role model

Every senior in Ontario deserves to live in a residence as beautiful, homelike and well staffed as Finlandia Village’s Hoivakoti Nursing Home, according to the head of the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Candace Chartier visited the care complex Thursday to draw attention to her association’s campaign to urge the Government of Ontario to modernize thousands of existing long-term care beds, train more specialized staff to deal with residents with dementia and build more beds.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association has a plan called “Better Seniors’ Care”, which calls for immediate action to improve seniors’ care in Ontario.

Chartier, chief executive officer of the association, told an audience of about 70 people in the lobby of the nursing home that she was “completely in awe of how stunning this village is.”

The association plan calls for the province to modernize every long-term care home in Ontario classified as outdated, homes that house 35,000 residents, many in rooms with more than two people.

It wants the province to ensure seniors who live outside urban centres have sufficient access to long-term care close to home.

The association is also calling for multi-year funding so long-term care home administrators can better plan and ensure specialized resources are there to support residents with increasing needs.

The typical resident in long-term care is 85 years old and female. More than 97 per cent of them suffer from two or more chronic illnesses and large and increasing numbers of them rely almost completely on staff for care.

Read the rest at the Sudbury Star.