The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 and the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) are calling on the Region of Peel not to sell the largest long-term care (LTC) facility in the Region.
“We have received correspondence from the LTC director for the Region of Peel that implies there is a move afoot to sell Peel Manor, a home that has operated for over 100 years,” said Mary-Jo Falle, president of CUPE 966, representing personal support and kitchen workers at Peel Manor. “Next week they will be meeting with residents’ families to discuss the future. Council votes on the budget on the 15.”
The Region of Peel operates five public LTC facilities, with a total of 722 beds, including a Special Behaviour Support Unit. Residents receive personal care, nursing and medical needs, nutrition, recreation and therapeutic needs. Other supports include resident finances, reception, security, laundry, housekeeping and facility maintenance.
“My mother and her husband are both living at Peel Manor,” says Dorothy Higgins. “It’s their home now, they are comfortable there and they are together. Talk of meeting with family members, possible sale of their home, the director meeting with staff – all of these things have started to make them very nervous and anxious. That is no way for seniors, who rely on others to care for them, to live.”
“Our members provide the care to residents at Peel Manor and we are very concerned about their future,” Falle said. “If they sell this centre, what will happen to these beloved residents?
“The Region has invested a lot of money in Peel Manor. In fact, Huxley Hall is currently undergoing renovations. The community that relies on this facility should not be deprived of their investment.
“We believe that in other cases where public institutions have been sold, the price is not one of full value.
“It is our responsibility as a community to ensure that the most needy, weak and vulnerable amongst us receive the highest level of care,” Falle concluded.
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President, CUPE Local 966