REGINA: The Ombudsman report on seniors care highlights an issue CUPE members have been struggling with for years – ensuring that long term care facilities have adequate staff in place to ensure seniors receive quality care.
“The complexity of care has changed dramatically in long term care. Years ago residents in facilities were somewhat mobile and able to do things for themselves. That is no longer the case,” said Gordon Campbell, president of CUPE’s Saskatchewan Health Care Council. “Residents need assistance with getting dressed, bathing, eating, and toileting. A high number suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
“The government must improve staffing levels at long term care facilities. Our members are doing the best they can with limited time,” Campbell added. “With the current staffing levels, our members barely have time to take care of residents’ basic needs and have no time to support their emotional and social needs.”
Many members working in long term care facilities report that staff is not replaced when on sick leave or other short term leave.
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