Improving Standards of Care in Long-Term Care Homes

December 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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Delegate after delegate went to the mikes to stress the need for Ontario to implement a minimum standard of care for those who live in long-term care homes.

CAW Health Care Director Katha Fortier outlined the importance of the union's Ontario Health Care Council campaign to provide a measurable, minimum standard of care for vulnerable seniors and other who live in long-term care homes. As part of the campaign the CAW is calling for a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours per day, per resident.

Fortier said Ontario spends the least amount of any province on long-term care and warned that the province will argue it can't afford minimum standards. But she stressed that minimum standards must become reality and that a successful Ontario campaign could be taken across the country.

Delegates spoke with passion about how hard they and the members they represent work to provide for those in long-term care facilities, stressing the importance of providing dignity and respect.

The CAW represents 27,000 members in Canada's health care sector.

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