A group representing provincial providers says it was able to deliver services 95% of the time before the pandemic.
As of the end of 2021, Home Care Ontario says it can only respond to requests just over half the time (56%).
The organization says some 4,000 nurses have left the sector during the pandemic, and the shortage is also putting more strain on hospitals as hundreds of patients would be eligible to leave with publicly funded home care, were resources available.
Home Care Ontario CEO Sue VanderBent says they’re ”deluged with calls” and that ”there are no longer enough nurses and personal support workers … to provide people the help they need at home.”
The group points out how those working in the sector make less than those in other parts of health-care, even though they do similar work.
Home Care Ontario’s urging the province to put $460-million into the sector to remove ”wage inequities that have worsened a pre-existing staffing crisis.”