TORONTO, MARCH 22, 2019 /CNW/ – While new long-term care beds announced by the provincial government today, are badly needed in Ontario, The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling for long-overdue investments to increase resident quality of life and care levels, which in Ontario, are dismally low compared to other provinces.
Failing to do that says Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer “means our government will continue to fail the 80,000 frail long-term care residents whose care needs are much higher than the province is providing funding for. Levels of care are simply too low in Ontario for the increased complexity of residents. So, it’s not enough to just pay for the bricks and mortar to create new long-term care beds. All that gets us, is more vulnerable residents in long-term care beds with inadequate care levels.”
Long-term care residents today have a much higher acuity and require much more care than they did 20 years. Residents with heart disease are growing at a rate of 4.5% per year, those with renal failure are growing at a rate of 3.7% per year. Residents with six or more formal diagnoses are growing at a rate of 4.8% per year. Growth in care that is labour intensive is growing at an alarming annual rate: 5.2% for oxygen therapy, 9.7% for the administration of IV medications, 8.3% for the monitoring on input and output.