July 6, 2017
Windsor-area MPPs Lisa Gretzky, Percy Hatfield and Taras Natyshak were joined by Andrea Horwath in Windsor this morning to discuss the ongoing crisis in seniors long-term care in Ontario. Horwath called for a broad, two-part inquiry into seniors care across the province, stemming from the circumstances of the Wettlaufer murders, and expanding to include an investigation into staffing levels, funding and safety conditions in care homes across the province.
“Seniors in Windsor are waiting months to get in to care, and once they find a room, many aren’t getting the service they need. Residents are being left in bed for 18 hours at a time, and don’t always get the basic help they need to bathe and change their clothes regularly, or get to the bathroom on time,” said Horwath. “Our loved ones deserve care that protects their safety, health and their dignity. It’s time to get to the bottom of these problems, and do something about it.”
Horwath is touring the province talking about the crisis in long-term care in Ontario, including a roundtable conversation earlier in the day in Windsor with residents, care workers, and seniors care experts. The MPPs were joined at today’s meeting by Cheri Ann Hernandez, a local retired nurse and nursing professor, who is struggling to find adequate care for her elderly mother.
“Ontarians deserve an honest picture of the problems in seniors care homes, so we can feel assured that our loved-ones are getting the standard of care they deserve, in terms of safety, quality and availability,” said Hatfield, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh. “Ontarians know there is a crisis in long-term care, and they know we need a much broader inquiry than the one the government is proposing.”
“Workers in care homes are doing the best they can – but they’re being asked to do more and more, with fewer and fewer resources,” said Natyshak, MPP for Essex.