Meeting Seniors' Needs Now
OANHSS 2017-18 Provincial Spending Priorities
Ontario’s long term care homes serve an extremely vulnerable population with very complex care needs. OANHSS believes investments focused on the following priorities are critical to strengthening the long term care system so that it better serves Ontario’s seniors:
- Long Term Care Capacity: 2,500-5,000 new bed licences over the next two years with a minimum of 50% of those licences dedicated to the not-for-profit sector.
- Health and Safety of Residents: Staffing increases to achieve a provincial average of 4 hours of care per day for Ontario’s long term care residents over the next two years.
- Resident Acuity and Responsive Behaviours: Dedicated behaviour teams in every long term care home and a minimum of 12 more designated behaviour units.
- Seniors’ Campuses: Large scale study of existing seniors’ campuses to determine how the province and LHINs can enable their development.