ONA honours National Seniors’ Day

September 28, 2020

October 1 – National Seniors’ Day – is an important occasion to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of all seniors. The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is proud to honour seniors on this important day, and to raise awareness of their concerns.

The state of long-term care

ONA has been very vocal about the state of long-term care (LTC) for many years. It has long been plagued by underfunding, rising resident acuity with no increase in staff, outdated infrastructure, pressures from hospital overcapacity, inadequate government support and legislation, and so much more.

With long-term care (LTC) homes caught in the crosshairs of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to promote actions to improve residents’ health and well-being. With more than 1,800 deaths in LTC due to COVID-19, the government has launched a long-term care commission to look into how and why COVID-19 spread in long-term care homes, and the impact of COVID-19.

ONA’s plans and actions

ONA is looking at this Commission as another opportunity to inform the government of our front-line experiences in long-term care. We have already begun to work on a plan to provide the commission with key findings and evidence that we hope will bring about positive changes in long-term care for residents and workers.

In the coming months, we will launch other actions and opportunities that will help us advise the government on how to fix long-term care. Please visit www.ona.org/commission often for updates and asks.

 Day of Action

The Ontario Health Coalition will be holding a Day of Action on October 8 at 11 a.m. Visit this link to read the details, including how to participate in an event near you.