The Time to Care Act has reached an important milestone, passing second reading on November 2, receiving all-party support in the legislature.
The private members’ bill, introduced by the NDP, would require a minimum standard of daily care of four hours in long term care homes.
“Today in long term care homes, seniors care needs are far from being met because caregivers are not given the time to do so. Implementing a minimum standard of daily care would mean that seniors needs will be met in a more timely, caring and humane way,” said Health Care Director Andy Savela.
Ontario has the lowest level of care in all of the country. In many long term care facilities, personal support workers have only six minutes per resident to help get them ready in the morning.
“MPP France Gelinas has been steadfast in her advocacy for Ontario seniors and the people who care for them,” said Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. “We are grateful for her championing this bill and to all of the families, advocates, union members and others who have come forward to voice their support.”
Unifor is urging all party support for Bill 33 for it to become law.