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Ontario cabinet minister Rod Phillips to resign seat, won’t seek re-election

The Canadian Press, Toronto News

High profile cabinet minister announced that he is resigning at the end of next month and won’t be seeking re-election. The long-term care minister said the timing of his announcement will allow Premier Doug Ford to appoint someone else to lead the ministry, which is currently overseeing a sector in crisis. Phillips will leave his post as the long-term care sector faces major challenges. More than 50 per cent of long-term care homes were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as of this Friday, January 14, 2022, and more staff had confirmed infections than at any other point in the pandemic.

Ontario announces funds to hire more than 4,000 long-term care workers this year

Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s long-term care operators welcomed provincial funding announced Wednesday to hire more than 4,000 staff within a year but advocates and employees said more must be done to improve working conditions in the sector. Long-term Care Minister Rod Phillips said the province would put aside $270 million to hire 4,050 long-term care workers by the end of next March. It’s part of a previously announced plan by the Progressive Conservative government to hire more workers for the sector, with a goal of getting long-term care residents an average of four hours of direct care per day by 2025. “This investment will allow all homes to hire and retain the staff they need to increase daily direct care so that we can meet the annual goals set out in our staffing plan,” Phillips said at a press conference in Toronto.

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https://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-announces-funds-to-hire-more-than-4-000-long-term-care-workers-this-year-1.5613562

A list of some of the allegations in a military report on long-term care

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Members of the military called in to assist five long-term care homes in Ontario dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks wrote a report on some of the troubling observations they made at those homes. Here is a selection of the allegations, which Premier Doug Ford called horrific.

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https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/a-list-of-some-of-the-allegations-in-a-military-report-on-long-term-care-homes

Helpline launched for caregivers in Ontario

The Canadian Press, Toronto

Family caregivers in Ontario now have a helpline if they’re needing respite, a support group or information on issues including tax credits .The Ontario Caregiver Organization’s chief executive officer, Amy Coupal, says caregivers are experiencing frustration and even depression as a result of their responsibilities, and have responded to a survey saying it’s challenging to find support. She says a third of caregivers are not coping well emotionally, and that number increases to more than half for those caring for someone with a mental-health issue. The helpline connects caregivers to a community resource representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a live chat site is also available between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., during weekdays. An online survey by the Change Foundation and the caregiver organization included 800 caregivers, and was conducted province-wide in the spring, showing 56 per cent of respondents find the process difficult — compared with 39 per cent last year — and more of them are now under financial strain.

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 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-helpline-launched-for-caregivers-in-ontario-as-survey-shows-increasing/

Seniors in long-term care facilities twice as likely to be on opioids: report

The Canadian Press

Seniors in long-term care facilities appeared to be twice as likely to be prescribed opioids compared to other people their age and three times as likely to be on antidepressants, according to 2016 data in a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Almost 40 per cent of long-term care residents in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Prince Edward Island were prescribed opioids, compared to 20.4 per cent of all seniors. About 60 per cent of the long-term care residents were on antidepressants, compared to 19.1 per cent of all seniors.

“Residents in long-term care facilities use more drugs than those in the community because they tend to be older, more frail and sicker than seniors living in the community,” the report states. The long-term care residents were taking an average of 9.9 different classes of drugs compared to 6.7 for other seniors. A drug class refers to a group of chemicals that treat similar medical conditions, an example being opioids, which are prescribed for pain. About one in four of all seniors were found to be prescribed at least 10 different classes of drugs in 2016, which the report notes “did not change significantly” since 2011.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/seniors-in-long-term-care-facilities-twice-as-likely-to-be-on-opioids-report/wcm/550bd2fd-5bdc-460b-8316-690ecbd642f8

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