Oct 12, 2021
By Jane Brown
It appears a clear majority of Canadians, 67 percent, feel the nation’s long-term care homes do not currently provide safe, reliable care.
That number tops 75 per cent for people who identified as family members, friends or unpaid caregivers to residents in long-term care.
The survey was conducted by the National Institute on Ageing to help shape new national standards for long-term care services expected to be made public early in 2022.
Ontario’s new long term care minister is set to make an announcement at 10 o’clock Monday morning in Vaughan.
Rod Phillips will be joined by the local MPP and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
Rod Phillips recently had a phone meeting with Bill Van Gorder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer at CARP – A New Vision of Aging.
Van Gorder said what was also impressive is Phillips’ apparent understanding of the need to keep these workers on the job once they start.
“I appreciated his honesty. We were talking for instance about the increases needed in long term care staff. We talked about there being 9000 in the pipeline at the moment and his hope that at least 4000 of them will be trained and in place by next spring,” Van Gorder explained to Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer.
CARP’s Chief membership officer David Cravit told Fight Back this speaks to the need for PSWs to be aware of working conditions in nursing homes.
“How prepped are you for those working conditions? And I think part of the minister’s plan is that the training is going to include more on the job exposure before you get turned loose with your certificate and hit the real world,” Cravit explained.
Listen for Libby, David and Bill’s full conversation by clicking here.