The Ontario government has announced a series of actions to support seniors in the community and Long-Term Care.
Family Councils Ontario is very pleased with the new announcements by the Ministry regarding Long-Term Care, including new LTC beds, an increase in direct care per resident, strengthening safety for residents, and more.
Family Councils across the province have worked tirelessly voicing the concern for an increase in hours of care. Councils have also voiced concerns over the availability of Long-Term Care beds and are pleased to learn of the strategy to increase the number of beds available for the many Ontarians waiting for Long-Term Care.
Family Councils Ontario looks forward to working with the government on these initiatives and is eagerly awaiting the further details on the implementation, timelines, and resource planning needed to support the success of these initiatives.
Highlights from the Action Plan:
Redevelopment and new LTC beds
- Redevelopment of more than 30,000 existing long-term care beds in more than 300 long-term care homes by 2025, eliminating all four-bed wards in the province’s long-term care homes.
- The province will create 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022
- The province will prioritize placing those with the highest need, as well as those within hospitals who are ready to be discharged and require a long-term care home.
- New beds that serve specific cultural needs, including those of Indigenous populations, will also be prioritized.
- Over the next decade, the government will create over 30,000 new long-term care beds, in addition to the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped.
Increase in direct care
- The province will increase the provincial average to four hours of direct care per resident per day, once fully phased in.
- This will mean an additional 15 million hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care residents across Ontario.
- This will also ensure that every long-term care home in the province has staff with specialized training in behavioural supports and in palliative and end-of-life care.
Culturally appropriate LTC
- In consultation with long-term care providers and residents and families, Ontario will provide more access to culturally appropriate homes, and in-home supports such as culturally appropriate meal preparation and support in the resident’s language of choice.
Strengthening safety for long-term care home residents
- The government is committed to the safety and security of long-term care residents. That is why, on September 27, 2017, it introduced Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017.
- This Bill, if passed, would strengthen the long-term care inspection and enforcement framework.
Improved end of-life care
- Ontario is partnering with local communities to build more hospice beds across the province.
- This expansion will provide compassionate palliative and end-of-life care for more than 2,000 additional people and their families each year, closer to home.
You can read the full text of Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/aging-confidence-ontario-action-plan-seniors
For the backgrounder, click here: https://news.ontario.ca/oss/en/2017/11/aging-with-confidence-ontarios-action-plan-for-seniors.html