Ontario taking action to immediately increase staffing at Bay of Quinte long-term care homes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, OCT.6, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE –  Ontario’s investment of up to $270 million this year to increase staffing levels in long-term care homes across the province will provide more than $3,209,499 in additional funding for the nine homes within Bay of Quinte, local MPP Todd Smith announced today.

Smith was at Hastings Manor in Belleville to share the good news, following an announcement from Minister of Long-Term Care Rod Phillips earlier today that detailed the additional investment required to reach a standard of three hours of daily direct care by March 2022 and four hours by 2025.  The Province’s annual investment in base funding will rise in each of the next four years – by $270 million in 2021-2022, $673 million in 2022-2023, $1.25 billion in 2023-2024 and $1.82 billion in 2024-2025.

“These investments will ensure that residents receive additional time and attention to their individual care needs,” said Smith. “They also provide stable funding for long-term care operators to hire trained staff to provide high-quality care and provide additional good-paying jobs within our community.”

For a typical 160-bed home, Smith said there would be an increase of approximately $1.2 million this year, escalating to $3.2 million in 2024-2025.  At that time, it would represent the equivalent of six additional registered nurses, 12 registered practical nurses, and 25 personal support workers.

Minister Phillips indicated that as part of the government’s plan to hire 27,000 new staff members over the next four years and enhance daily care standards, the Province will bring forward legislation to enshrine the commitment to four hours in law and introduce auditing to ensure funds are used for frontline care, such as feeding, bathing and dressing, movement, therapeutic treatment and medication.  At present, residents receive an average of two hours and 45 minutes.

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” he said. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”

This year’s increased investment also includes $42.8 million to homes to increase care by allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists, social workers, and dietitians), an increase of 10 per cent. In addition, the Province has announced a $10-million annual fund to support ongoing professional development opportunities in long-term care.

The government is also working with Ontario colleges and universities to meet the staffing needs.

“Ontario’s world-class health care system is built on the exceptional quality of care that our health care professionals provide to our loved ones, which is why our government is supporting increased enrollment in nursing and personal support worker programs,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By working with our postsecondary education partners, we are training and educating more talent to support the long-term care sector in communities across the province.”

 Representatives of local municipalities operating long-term care homes welcomed the news.

“Hastings County is absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our residents and it is clear that Minister Phillips has the same commitment to long-term care residents across Ontario through the support of this funding,” said Warden Rick Phillips, of Hastings County, which operates Hastings Manor and the Hastings Centennial Manor in Bancroft.  “I would like to congratulate and recognize this government for addressing the long-standing underfunding of long-term care in this province. Proper funding is critical to ensure the continued care of our most vulnerable population.”

Added Paul Jenkins, the Mayor of Bancroft and Hastings County’s long-term care chair: “The team members in our long-term care homes work tirelessly and have persevered through the added challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will assist in recruiting and maintaining staff within our homes and in turn improve care for our residents.”

Steve Ferguson, the Mayor of Prince Edward County, which operates H.J. McFarland Memorial Home said “To Prince Edward County with its high number of senior population, the news that more staff will be available at long term care homes - if they need it - is very welcome news. I want to commend the ministry and the province for understanding the needs of LTC facilities and taking the steps necessary to meet those needs to ensure that residents are cared for in the best possible way, and provided with all the services and amenities they require.”

 BAY OF QUINTE ALLOCATIONS

  •  Hastings Manor, in Bellville, will receive up to $901,227 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $5,519,868 annually more than their current funding.
  • H.J. McFarland Home for the Aged, in Picton, will receive up to $299,219 for additional staff this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025,the home will receive $1,832,688 annually more than their current funding
  • Westgate Lodge Nursing Home, in Belleville, will receive up to $263,599 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive$1,614,516 annually more than their current funding.
  • Trent Valley Lodge Nursing Home, in Trenton, will receive up to $363,338 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $2,225,400annually more than their current funding.
  • Versa Care Hallowell House, in Picton, will receive up to $252,912 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,549,056 annually more than their current funding.
  • Kentwood Park, in Picton, will receive up to $121,113 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025 the home will receive $741,804 annually more than their current funding.
  • West Lake Terrace, in Picton, will receive up to $117,552 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive$719,976annually more than their current funding.
  • Crown Ridge Place, in Trenton, will receive up to $434,584 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive$2,661,756annually more than their current funding.
  • Belmont Nursing Home, in Belleville, will receive up to $455,957 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $2,792,664 annually more than their current funding.

 QUICK FACTS

  • Learn more about Ontario’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan at www.ontario.ca/page/better-place-live-better-place-work-ontarios-long-term-care-staffing-plan.
  • Through initiatives like the Supporting Professional Growth Fund, the government is working with partners to improve staff retention by highlighting long-term care as a career destination with rewarding opportunities for continuous learning and development.
  • The Ontario government has established the Staffing Supply Accelerator Group (news.ontario.ca/en/release/60733/new-action-group-to-help-implement-one-of-the-largest-health-care-recruiting-and-training-programs-in-ontario-history to support the objectives of the Long-Term Care Staffing Plan. The group includes participation from major stakeholders and champions the innovation, expansion and acceleration of education and training opportunities to help meet the demand for long-term care staff.