Investing wisely in homecare critical to delivering quality care and effectively managing the system

(April 5, 2013, Richmond Hill, ON) SEIU Healthcare, Canada’s largest healthcare union, has been invited to give a presentation this morning to Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, as part of Ontario’s pre-budget consultations. In its briefing, SEIU Healthcare will be outlining a series of recommendations in community-based and long-term care designed to improve the efficiency and transparency of the health sector and improve both the quality and value of care patients receive. 

Included in SEIU Healthcare’s recommendations are measures designed to:

  • Provide full disclosure of where every homecare penny goes, in order to effectively allocate and manage precious resources to ensure homecare services are being delivered efficiently to meet rising demand;
  • Cut wait lists for homecare at a time when Ontarians face waits of up to 260 days for care;
  • Provide relief to families with supports like flexible respite care so caregivers get a break;
  • Establish a provincial Personal Support Worker (PSW) Strategy that strengthens the recruitment and retention of quality-trained PSWs in Ontario and provides fair compensation and incentives;
  • Guarantee the security and peace of mind for seniors and families that depend on homecare by ensuring that every health professional coming into their home is trained and qualified;
  • Fully utilize healthcare professions such as Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)and PSWs in the acute and community sectors to increase the efficiency and quality of Ontario’s healthcare system; and
  • Provide each resident in long term care homes a minimum of 3.5 hours of care per day to help prevent abuse and neglect, ensure the safety of residents and care workers, and improve the quality of life of residents.

“SEIU Healthcare supports the Government of Ontario in its efforts to create jobs and improve services for people while eliminating the deficit,” said Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare. “Our recommendations complement these priorities and will help ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of government services while wisely managing our investments in the Ontario healthcare sector. We look forward to seeing our recommendations in the upcoming budget.”

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