Staffing an Issue for Long-Term Care Facilities

The Long-Term Care Health Review saw the government implement a $10 million urgent issues fund to address priority issues identified by health regions, including Sun Country Health Region. One of those issues identified was staffing.

"Ten out of 12 health regions identified very critical staffing issues, and this was directly from the patients, clients and the residents who receive that care," said Barbara Cape, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) West. "Issues like call lights not being answered, not being able to be toileted, or being given a bath only once a week."

Cape says it is obvious that safe, compassionate, hands-on care in the long-term care sector requires adequate staffing resources.

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