The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) delivered a 10-foot tall rocking chair to Meaford on May 28 as part of its campaign to raise awareness and lobby the provincial government to legislate minimum care standards in the long term care sector (LTC). In all, the rocking chair will visit 27 communities across Ontario.
LTC workers in Meaford know all too well the reality of working with residents that have higher acuity needs, but whose care falls short due to a lack of sufficient staffing levels
“Every expert in long term care is calling for more staffing,” said Diane Wark, president of OPSEU Local 289. “More funding from the government is needed now so we can provide the quality care to those most vulnerable.”
The Rocking Chair campaign aims to collect 20,000 signed postcards to present to the minister responsible for health and long term care. It’s a figure that matches the number of people in Ontario who find themselves on wait lists for long term care placement.
The post card message is clear: It’s time to care in long term care.
Photo image; (left to right) Diane Wark,Heather Paholkin, (Back of chair) Janice Rivard, (Front of chair) Janet Perks and Tracey Crosskill, Lyla Sample and Mary Miller