Time to Care

September 29, 2017

PETITION

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

 

WHEREAS   the government first promised a legislated care standard for residents in the province’s long-term-care homes in 2003 but are yet to make good on their promise;

 

WHEREAS   the Long-Term Care Homes Act (2007) empowers the provincial government to create a  minimum standard;

 

WHEREAS   a study done in 2001 by the U.S. Centres for Medicaid and Medicare Services cited 4.1 worked hours per resident day as a minimum target, which was later confirmed in a 2004 observational study and in a reanalysis by Abt Associates in 2011, and reinforced by the 2008 Independent Review of Staffing and Care Standards for Long-Term Care Homes report by Shirlee Sharkey, who recommended a 4 hour minimum target,

 

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, PETITION

THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO AS FOLLOWS:

 

To legislate a care standard of a minimum four hours per resident each day, adjusted for acuity level and case mix

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