PRESS RELEASE: Improvements to Long-term Care will Finally Give Ontario Seniors the Care They Need and Deserve.

November 8, 2017

Richmond Hill, Ontario (November 8, 2017) – SEIU Healthcare is encouraged by the Ontario government’s announcement to add 5,000 new beds and four hours of daily care in long-term care, in addition to other improvements for seniors.

The new plan ‘Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors’ was announced on Tuesday by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

“This announcement is something that healthcare workers, long-term care residents and their families have been waiting a long time for,” said SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart. “We are encouraged that the government has recognized these faults in our long-term care system and are relieved that Ontario seniors will finally be able to get the care they need and deserve.”

To ensure that these new regulations are implemented correctly, SEIU Healthcare is urging the Ontario government to work with long-term care workers, who have expert knowledge of the needs in this sector. The union is also hoping to see the items announced on Tuesday implemented swiftly.

“These improvements are long overdue, so it is essential they are implemented quickly and correctly,” said Lisa Pattison, who sits on SEIU Healthcare’s executive board as the long-term care sector representative. “The residents of long-term care homes deserve quality care and these facilities need to be held responsible for delivering it.”

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SEIU Healthcare represents more than 57,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, homecare, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca

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Grace Ghunaim
SEIU Healthcare
416-689-7944
g.ghunaim@seiuhealthcare.ca

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