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WATERLOO REGION — A provincial decision to increase wages for personal support workers may have unintended consequences for regional government.
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WINDSOR, ONT.:JULY 25, 2014 -- Millie Hickson, personal support worker and chief steward for SCIEU, is pictured outside her home, Friday, July 25, 2014. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star). Click here to read more.
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne met with the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who accepted her recommendation that Parliament be dissolved for a general election. Read more here.
Ontario is improving the care of seniors in their homes and communities by investing in the recruitment and retention of personal support workers (PSWs).
The province intends to increase the hourly wage of publicly-funded PSWs who work in home and community care settings by $4.00 over the next three years. Ontario is also setting a new base wage for these PSWs that will increase alongside the hourly wage to $16.50/hour by April 1, 2016. Read more here.
Monday, March 3, I took the issue of cuts to personal support services for seniors and people with disabilities to the floor of the legislature. Read more here.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Backgrounder: Home Care and Community Supports Investment Across Ontario
The Ontario government has fulfilled its 2013 Budget commitment allocating an additional $260 million across the province to improve access to home and community health care supports. To read more and see the funding breakdown, click here.
Ontario's Action Plan for Health care Delivering Better Care and Value. Ontario is building on the Action Plan with a commitment to provide better support for Personal Support Workers to strengthen their recruitment and retention in the home care sector. Read the full News Release here.
Ontario expanding electronic health records to more patients. 500,000 patients served by community-based clinics to benefit from expansion.
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Toronto City Council passes resolution calling on federal and provincial governments to fulfill the promise of homecare
Toronto City Council passes resolution calling on federal and provincial governments to fulfill the promise of homecare. Click here to read the full press release.
From the Wall Street Journal:
RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - This morning Ontario's Health Minister Deb Matthews joined Juliette Chestney, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) from Milton, to "Walk-A-Day" in her shoes to better understand the important role that PSWs play in Ontario's healthcare system and learn about the challenges faced everyday by frontline healthcare staff.
The event was organized by SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare union, in conjunction with Red Cross Care Partners and the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre. Juliette Chestney is a member of SEIU Healthcare and an RCCP employee who works in the Mississauga Halton CCAC.
The day began with Minister Matthews joining Ms. Chestney at her home for breakfast and a talk about the coming day. Both then proceeded to visit two of Ms. Chestney's clients, where the Minister was able to observe the type of care that PSWs provide every day. This care included helping a person get out of bed, bathe and dress, brush and floss their teeth, and perform a range of motion exercises. In the process, the Minister was able to witness the strong and trusting bond that people in need of care form with their PSW.
"We are very pleased that the Minister was able to spend some time with one of our PSWs and have an opportunity to see first-hand the critical role that PSWs play in the lives of people needing assistance"
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