The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) says the provincial Budget will fund 1,100 new personal support workers (PSWs) in long-term care homes. With 700 homes in the province, that is about 1.5 PSWs per home. "Residents will see a direct benefit from this investment through enhanced levels of care and services" claims OANHSS.
OANHSS also claims the Budget will provide funding to help the homes deal with the increasingly complex ALC patients they are getting from hospitals. The 1,100 PSWs are suppose to complete a promise in the 2008 Budget for 2,500 more PSWs.
LTC union representatives remain skeptical, having heard promises in the past. This writer, at least, has not been able to find the specific PSW promise in the 2011 Budget.
On a different tack, for-profit long term care facilities (represented by OLTCA) are meeting with the Ministry of Health and LTC this week to discuss the Budget and encourage them to allow the ‘shifting’ of some funds into their “environmental budgets”.
The homes are allowed to make a profit on their environmental budget, but not on other parts of their funding. So go figure...