In 2011 the Government of Saskatchewan removed regulations requiring a minimum standard of care for seniors. Since then, concerns about understaffing and workload in continuing care in Saskatchewan have grown.
These issues have a detrimental impact on the quality of care for residents. Many families have come forward to share stories about the unacceptable conditions their relatives face, such as unanswered calls for help, infrequent bathing, and a rise in physical violence amongst residents. Many workers have similar stories about the stress of working short staffed and their desire to do more for patients.
The Government of Saskatchewan needs to take action today to ensure our seniors have access to the care they need.
What needs to change:
The government needs to:
(Regina) Yesterday, the provincial government released the reports from the 2016 Regional Health Authorities CEO Long-Term Care Facility Tour. The CEOs of each regional health authority reported serious issues facing residents in long-term care, such as infrequent baths, sub-par food options, and desire for enhanced recreational opportunities. In response, the three health care provider unions, SGEU, CUPE and SEIU-West, are calling on the provincial government to properly invest in front line staff.
The issue of seniors’ care continues to be at the top of mind for many Saskatchewan citizens. In response to this concern, the CUPE Health Care Council has launched a radio ad calling for a minimum standard of care.