Demand our Federal and Provincial governments set national standards to improve long-term care
“The scale of suffering and preventable death through the pandemic in our long-term care homes creates an obligation for the most meaningful of change. However, our political leaders have failed to lead.” – Ontario Health Coalition
An Invite to All of Us from the Ontario Health Coalition, a province-wide advocacy group for quality, accessible public health care
Posted April 23rd, 2021 on Niagara At Large
HOW YOU CAN JOIN: The Day of Action will roll across Canada through the different time zones.
On Tuesday April 27 Join our Facebook livestream in Ontario at 12:00 p.m. here: https://www.facebook.com/ontariohealth
Or join the Facebook livestream at https://www.facebook.com/Canadians4LTC to watch the rolling livestreams hosted by Health Coalitions from across Canada from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time. (Start times in Eastern Time: PEI: 11 a.m., Nova Scotia 11:30 a.m., Ontario 12 p.m., Ottawa (Canadian Health Coalition) 1 p.m., Manitoba 1:30 p.m., Alberta 2 p.m., B.C. 2:30 p.m.) and —
Please help make a show of strength to push our federal and provincial governments to finally take real action on Tuesday April 27:
- Post your selfie on social media with the poster to hold up (attached) or with a message supporting national long-term care standards using the hashtags #10plus3 or #LTCstandardsNo
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the picture (attached) to support the call for #LTCstandardsNo
- Add a Facebook frame to your profile picture in your Facebook hover your mouse over your profile picture, click the “Update Profile Picture” button, select “Add Frame” and click on the “OHC LTC Day of Action” frame. When you are happy with your frame, click “Use as Profile Picture”
- Special invitation for Ontario LTC residents, families, staff & our members/supporters we are calling for 100 people to represent those who have suffered or lost their lives in LTC in Ontario on our Zoom press conference which will be livestreamed for people to watch on our Facebook as listed above.
The Zoom will start at noon sharp and run for one hour on Tuesday April 27 and we are asking for you to join the waiting room 5 -10 minutes early.
We will have all 100 people on the Zoom call out for national standards and will ask everyone to hold up the attached selfie poster with your reason for supporting national standards for long-term care — so we are asking you to print and fill in the selfie poster attached beforehand. Please Note:
We will have pre-arranged speakers so we are not asking everyone to speak. We are asking you to join as a big show of strength in numbers and for you to participate in the Zoom to hold up the poster and issue a strong unified call for LTC national standards.
If you would like to be a participant on the Ontario Zoom you need to pre-register here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsdOiurTMoG9UD7L5VcDLI9L6Suaorz0cf
The scale of suffering and preventable death through the pandemic in our long-term care homes creates an obligation for the most meaningful of change. However, our political leaders have failed to lead. A number of them are entangled with the for-profit long-term care industry which prizes taking more profit rather than providing more care.
While some provinces have done a much better job at protecting residents and staff than others, the inadequacy of our long-term care across the country is longstanding and chronic.
Most recently, the federal government handed the job of creating national standards over to the accreditation industry — a far cry from our calls for real national standards, public reporting and meaningful accountability. Approximately 67% of Canada’s long-term care homes are already accredited and yet it has not provided the needed protections for residents and staff. Let us be 100% clear. Accreditation does not equal national standards in any way that we would recognize them. This is not an acceptable alternative.
National standards do not belong in the hands of private industry.
National long-term care standards should require more care, a clear staffing standard, better quality of care, meaningful accountability and take profit out of seniors’ care. They should be publicly reported and in public legislation as we have proposed, or at minimum a federal-provincial/territorial funding agreement – with conditions and expectations built into it — that is governed with public oversight.
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