Hundreds of long-term care workers from across the province rallied with family members and seniors at Queen’s Park this week to demand the Liberal government bring the Time to Care Act for final reading before the election.
“Our seniors living in long-term care are suffering, and the Liberal government needs to pass the Time to Care Act so that they get the care they need and deserve,” said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and a former long-term care worker who has been leading the campaign to bring in the legislation. “Seniors are coming into long-term care older and frailer, with more complex health issues than they once did. There just aren’t enough staff to properly care for them.”
“Right now, workers don’t have the time they need to properly care for our seniors living in long-term care. Staff have to rush through a checklist with each resident. They have no time to listen to them and no time to come when they need help to the bathroom. Residents are being forced into incontinence far sooner than they need to. It’s just not right,” said Rennick. “It’s simply not acceptable that the people who spent their lives building our province and caring for our communities, are now being neglected in their final years.”