Continuing Care

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:

  • Establish provincially-legislated quality of care standards for residential continuing care facilities, including minimum staffing levels.
  • Increase staffing levels of direct care and support staff in residential continuing care facilities.
  • Provide safe and healthy work environments that support high quality care.

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.

“Our members are doing the best they can with limited time,” said Gordon Campbell, CUPE Health Care Council president. “But 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 CUPE members working in long term care facilities report that staff is not replaced when on sick leave or other short term leave.

“This adds to workload and impacts their ability to deliver quality care. The government should abandon its directive to health regions to save money by not replacing staff. This policy is making the situation worse,” added Campbell.

CUPE is recommending the government implement a minimum care standard to ensure adequate staffing levels to meet the needs of residents.

You can listen to the ad here:

CUPE is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. Many of CUPE’s members work in long term care facilities and in home care.