A Statement by Niagara West Ford Government MPP Sam Oosterhoff
Posted October 8th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
“One pillar of our government’s plan to fix long-term care is increasing staff so they can provide more, high-quality care to residents.
“That is why, the Ontario government is providing long-term care homes across the province with $270 million to hire more staff to increase direct care for residents from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours, per resident by the end of this fiscal year. This will make Ontario a leader in direct care.
“Every long-term care home in Ontario will benefit from this funding as it will allow them to hire more staff and these staff will deliver increased care to residents.
”This includes $2,493,509 for long-term care homes in Niagara West. This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. It was also announced that as part of the government’s plan to fix long-term care, it will bring forward legislation that will enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law.
“This funding will also support an increase of direct care provided by allied health care professionals such as physiotherapists and social workers by 20% over two years. “
For another recent story from CBC on the state of the situation around Ontario’s long-term-care homes, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ministry-of-labour-reports-long-term-care-homes-covid-staff-complaints-1.6200725
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