Long Term Care Residents Will Benefit from New Funding
Toronto, Ontario (May 2, 2013) – The Ontario Association of
Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) was pleased to see
new funding in today’s Budget for long term care homes.
“Our message to government in the lead up to the Budget was
that, at a minimum, we needed a two percent increase in funding just to
ensure current care levels continue,” said Donna Rubin, CEO of
OANHSS. “We were pleased to see that they responded so that we
don’t lose the gains we have made.”
The government has targeted these funds to address the increasingly
complex care needs of residents. A recent analysis of current resident
profiles showed high growth levels in several high prevalence areas with
dementia, depression, and anxiety increasing at an average annual rate
of 3.6%, 9.8% and 7.8% respectively.
“This investment will keep us moving forward but we are
continuing to see an increasing number of residents with heavy care
needs and mental health issues. We will continue to work with government
to ensure homes have the resources they need to provide safe, quality
care for residents,” added Rubin.
OANHSS also commends the government’s continued investment in
the community sector.
“The government has put a high priority on supporting people to
stay in their own homes as long as possible. This funding will help
ensure the community sector has the resources it needs to play a larger
and more effective role in the continuum of care for seniors,”
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members
include municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit
nursing homes, seniors’ housing projects and community service
agencies. Member organizations operate over 27,000 long term care beds
and over 8,000 seniors’ housing units across the province.
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