National Long Term Care Strategy

18.4.6 A NATIONAL STRATEGY AND DEDICATED PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN LONG TERM CARE

WHEREAS there have never been national standards for long term care in Canada and there is no national strategy and no dedicated federal funding for long term care, and

WHEREAS the human rights of seniors in long term care to liberty and security of the person and to be free of degrading treatment set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since 1948 are not secure in long term care in Canada, and

WHEREAS about one third of seniors in long term care are sedated with anti-psychotic drugs without a diagnoses of psychosis, and

WHEREAS provincial governments vary greatly in their coverage of the costs of a long term care bed, wait list are lengthy, and seniors waiting for long term may occupy hospital beds when they don’t require hospital care, and Page | 10

WHEREAS the population of frail seniors with more complex conditions entering long term care is increasing, and

WHEREAS long-term care homes are frequently understaffed and have a high staff turnover and seniors basic care needs cannot be adequately met, and

Whereas for-profit long term care homes are increasing in numbers and often subsidized by public funding, and

WHEREAS changes of ownership may include a transfer to overseas investors with different standards of care, and

WHEREAS for-profit long-term care homes are expensive, deliver poorer quality of care, and have lower staffing levels than publicly operated care,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to 1) Implement national standards that affirm the dignity and worth of all persons in long-term care in accordance with the provisions of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2) Commit to work together to develop a national strategy with increased and sustainable public funding to ensure that all Canadians in long term care have equal access to and receive high quality care as they age, 3) Commit to ensuring that public funds should not under any circumstances be used to subsidize the earnings of for-profit long-term care facilities, Page | 11 4) Invest public funds instead in improving quality of care for frail seniors by eliminating the use of chemical restraints and inappropriate drug use, increasing hours of direct care, increasing staffing levels, increasing salaries, reducing staff workload, and providing ongoing training and education for staff, 5) Monitor progress in implementing national standards in long-term care with penalties for non-compliance, and 6) Commit to being publicly accountable and to transparent reporting of progress in improving long-term care on an annual basis.

Submitted by NPF Executive

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Public Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care

Policy:
That the NPF support universal and fair access to public not-for-profit long term care and work with other seniors’ organizations to achieve this.

Number:
28
Section:
Health

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Long-Term Care

Policy:
That the NPF lobby all levels of government to achieve adequate long term care for seniors and work with other organizations to achieve this objective.

Number:
9
Section:
Health

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Long-Term Care Oversight

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the federal, provincial and territorial governments establish a publicly administered body to implement standards, accreditation, regulation and supervisions of care in long term care and personal care facilities and that the publicly administered body report to the public.

Number:
19
Section:
Health

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