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Giant Rocking Chair Tour Visits Barry’s Bay

Posted: June 16, 2016

(June 16, 2016)

By: 96.1 Renfrew

A rocking chair symbolizes comfort and safety – and that’s why a giant 10 foot rocking chair was in Barry’s Bay yesterday morning. The Ontario Health Coalition is touring 19 towns across Ontario with the big wooden chair to raise awareness about improving the care standards at long term care facilities. Peter Boyle with the OHC, says they want the provincial government to set a minimum care standard.

Boyle says they also want to improve access to care and reduce wait times. According to the OHC, there have been approximately 20,000 people on wait lists for long-term care home spaces for more than a decade. The coalition will be collecting 20,000 signatures on postcards as they travel with the chair to symbolize the amount of people on waiting lists. The OHC, along with the Family Council Advocacy Committee is encouraging residents to contact their MPP before October because a Private Members Bill will be voted on that has to do with minimum amount of care in long term care facilities.

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