Muskoka Landing Long Term Care Facility is holding a special meeting tomorrow (March 10) at 2 p.m. to raise awareness on the issues long-term care facilities continue to face across the province.
“Nine out of 10 residents who are living in long-term care facilities across the province suffer from cognitive impairment as well as other cognitive special needs,” says Pamm Reain, Resident and Family Services Coordinator.
She adds that the number is alarming and staff will talk about the need for specialized dementia care and resources that are available to those living with the disease.
The meeting is open to the public and will aim to raise awareness on the need for more government funding and support that is needed for the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s 440 member homes – 70 per cent of Ontario’s 627 long-term care homes – which are funded and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Reain indicates a number of other issues will be address at tomorrow’s meeting including the fact that many long-term care facilities are operating with out-of-date infrastructure and are in dire need of being updated and modernized. Discussion will also focus on the importance of being able to access services where you live and adopting a more realistic approach and enhanced support for specialized resources.
“People are waiting longer to be admitted into long-term care homes and we’re hoping to raise awareness for the public to sign a petition to lobby the government that more funding is needed,” says Reain.
The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual Better Seniors’ Care Campaign. According to the Better Seniors’ Care website, Ontario’s long-term care homes play a crucial role in the care and support for more than 100,000 senior Ontarians every year. Despite the fact that 20,000 Ontarians are currently on a waiting list to get into long-term care homes, no new beds are being added.
A petition calling on the government to support the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s Building Better Long Term Care pre-budget submission for more adequate funding for facilities across the province is available at www.betterseniorscare.ca
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