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WINDSOR, ON – June is “seniors’ month” in Ontario and long-term care (LTC) workers from south western Ontario are hitting the road this week to make the case that frail nursing home residents need more daily care.

They are among hundreds of LTC staff from across the province participating in a week of actions to highlight the real need for increased care for long-term care residents.

They want the province to make four hours of daily hands-on-care for residents the law and are looking for community support to make that happen.

“Across the province, long-term care workers want the best for our residents in nursing homes. That means our provincial government has to give us the time to care for residents who have increasing and complex medical needs. The province needs to change legislation to make that happen,” says Deborah Maxfield an LTC activation worker.

She’ll be among LTC staff in southwestern Ontario meeting with MPPs in Windsor and Chatham on Monday (June 8) and getting petitions signed at the farmers market in Forest on Friday (June 12). On Wednesday (June 10) at 10 a.m., they will be in Sarnia at an Ontario Health Coalition long-term care media conference.

Similar 4 hour hands-on-care events are being planned for between June 6 and June 13, across the province. In some communities LTC workers will be going door-to-door or be at shopping malls and other events asking residents to sign a petition for a legislated resident care standard.

Check out the Time to Care campaign for a legislated 4 hour of hands-on-care for residents.

For additional information or an interview, please contact:

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications

Deborah Maxfield
CUPE Ontario, Health Care Workers Committee