Target:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Region:
Canada
Website:
www.cupe.ca

Health Minister, George Smitherman, promised to develop a 3.5 hours standard of care and staffing in Ontario’s long-term care facilities. During the provincial elections, the Liberals and NDP had made similar promises. However, there is no evidence that a minimum standard of care (3.5 hours) is being implemented in long-term care facilities to date (Canadian Union of Public Employee [CUPE], 2008).

Without reinforcing the minimum standard of care, CUPE found that residents in Ontario’s long-term care facilities are:
 sitting in soiled diapers
 not being fed 10% of the time due to shortage of staff
 do not get exercise (including walking) more than 50% of the time
 do not receive emotional support 60% of the time
 are being wakened up at 4:45 a.m. to get ready for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
 are being put to bed at 7:00 p.m. to get ready for bed.


Residents in long-term care facilities deserve dignity and respect, and at least 3.5 hours of care and more as needed each day.

In providing your signature, you are supporting the 3.5 standard of care to improve the quality of care, safety and staffing in long-term care facilities.

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