Inadequate Long-Term Care in Ontario Debated in Legislature

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March 1, 2018 – It is irresponsible that the Ontario Government is failing to provide the financial and structural support needed for adequate long-term care services in the Province, says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, the PC candidate for Kanata-Carleton. Dr. Fullerton states that this will have serious repercussions for Ottawa and other Ontario communities whose aging population will be placing new pressures on an already overburdened long-term care system.

The Wynne Government’s long-term care strategy for the Province came under scrutiny at Queen’s Park this week when the PC Party moved a debate motion:

     Whereas, the provincial seniors population is expected to almost double from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041; and

     Whereas, there are currently more than 32,000 seniors on the waiting list for a long-term care bed in Ontario; and

     Whereas, in the absence of increased capacity, the waitlist is predicted to reach almost 50,000 by 2021; and

     Whereas, the Liberal government continues to fail meeting the necessary capacity;

     Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the Liberal government to build 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 over 10 years.

This motion was voted down by Premier Wynne and the Liberal MPPs.

Merrilee Fullerton’s reaction is one of concern for Ottawa and its seniors. “In long-term care facilities, the registered practical nurses and personal support workers are strained, reporting as many as 40-50 patients, most with dementia and mobility issues, who are under the direct care of one staff member overnight,” says Fullerton. “This situation will get worse and is a real concern here in Ottawa where we know that by 2031 more than one in five residents will be over 65, with the largest overall growth rate being those aged 74 to 84.”

“Today, in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario, there are over 32,000 seniors waiting for a long-term care bed. This is unacceptable when you consider the grey tsunami that is about to hit us. It has been irresponsible for the Wynne Government to have failed to plan for the obvious pressures our health care system will face with our aging population.”

Dr. Fullerton adds, “This government has undermined Ontario’s health care system ability to respond with its mismanagement of health care services and programs and, no question, this will have serious repercussions for us in Ottawa and for Ontarians across the Province.”

Dr. Fullerton cites specific statistics that need to be recognized when factoring for adequate long-term care support in the Province.

  • Ontario has 78,872 long-term care beds and there are over 32,000 seniors waiting for a long-term care beds. The Wynne Government is promising to fund 5,000 more beds by 2022, and a total of 30,000 within the next decade.
  • According to Statistics Canada, there is a 50% chance of requiring Long-Term Care by age 75, with an average length of stay in a nursing home facility of 18.7 months. An average monthly accommodation cost is $2,608 (in 2016 dollars) and double or even triple this amount for patients with advanced Dementia.
  • The federal government announced last year a commitment of $2.3 Billion over the next ten years in funding targeted for Home Care in Ontario. This will result in only small amounts of support annually, spread over many people with limited longer term effect.

“Health care is the top concern of many residents I have spoken with in Kanata-Carleton and there is a great concern about our City’s long-term care facilities and services for our growing numbers of seniors,” says Fullerton

“I hold health issues in our community as a priority and will ensure our concerns for long-term care facilities, hospitals, and health care services are not short-shifted as the Kanata-Carleton’s representative at Queen’s Park.”


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