EVENT: Demand Our Federal and Provincial Governments Set National Standards to Improve Long-Term Care
Posted: April 22, 2021
(April 22, 2021)
Join the National Day of Action
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
HOW YOU CAN JOIN: The Day of Action will roll across Canada through the different time zones.
On Tuesday April 27 Join our Facebook livestream in Ontario at 12:00 p.m. here: https://www.facebook.com/ontariohealth
Or join the Facebook livestream at https://www.facebook.com/Canadians4LTC to watch the rolling livestreams hosted by Health Coalitions from across Canada from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time. (Start times in Eastern Time: PEI: 11 a.m., Nova Scotia 11:30 a.m., Ontario 12 p.m., Ottawa (Canadian Health Coalition) 1 p.m., Manitoba 1:30 p.m., Alberta 2 p.m., B.C. 2:30 p.m.)
Please help make a show of strength to push our federal and provincial governments to finally take real action on Tuesday April 27:
- Post your selfie on social media with the poster to hold up (click here) or with a message supporting national long-term care standards using the hashtags #10plus3 or #LTCstandardsNow
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the picture (click here) to support the call for #LTCstandardsNow
- Add a Facebook frame to your profile picture in your Facebook hover your mouse over your profile picture, click the “Update Profile Picture” button, select “Add Frame” and click on the “OHC LTC Day of Action” frame. When you are happy with your frame, click “Use as Profile Picture”.
- Write an email to your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and Member of Parliament (MP). You can find a list of all MPPs available here: https://www.ola.org/en/
members/current and MPs available here: https://www.ourcommons. ca/members/en/search . You can search for your MP and MPP, click on their name and you will see their email address under their profile. You can send them an email voicing your support for national standards in long-term care and demand that they take action now to protect long-term care residents.
The scale of suffering and preventable death through the pandemic in our long-term care homes creates an obligation for the most meaningful of change. However, our political leaders have failed to lead. A number of them are entangled with the for-profit long-term care industry which prizes taking more profit rather than providing more care.
While some provinces have done a much better job at protecting residents and staff than others, the inadequacy of our long-term care across the country is longstanding and chronic.
Most recently, the federal government handed the job of creating national standards over to the accreditation industry — a far cry from our calls for real national standards, public reporting and meaningful accountability. Approximately 67% of Canada’s long-term care homes are already accredited and yet it has not provided the needed protections for residents and staff. Let us be 100% clear. Accreditation does not equal national standards in any way that we would recognize them. This is not an acceptable alternative.
National standards do not belong in the hands of private industry. National long-term care standards should require more care, a clear staffing standard, better quality of care, meaningful accountability and take profit out of seniors’ care. They should be publicly reported and in public legislation as we have proposed, or at minimum a federal-provincial/territorial funding agreement – with conditions and expectations built into it — that is governed with public oversight.
Canadians United for LTC Standards are protesting the failure of our federal and provincial governments to act urgently to create national standards to protect all Canadians who need long-term care. We know that Canadians stand with us in witness to the horrors that have happened to residents and staff in long-term care both during the pandemic, and throughout the chronic inadequacy of long-term care.
Join us to ensure our provincial and federal leaders see a show of strength and commitment for real change in long-term care.
Presented by Canadians 4LTC and the Ontario Health Coalition, joined by Health Coalitions across Canada