Committee proposes more PSWs for long-term care homes in response to independent review

Jon Willing, The Ottawa Citizen

The City of Ottawa is moving quickly to hire 35 more personal support workers after an independent review found residents in city long-term care homes are receiving less care than those in Ontario non-profit facilities. The new staff would cost the city $2.3 million annually, but the community and protective services committee doesn’t want council to wait until 2019 to start the hiring. The committee wants council, through a vote on May 9, to take $800,000 from the 2018 one-time and unforeseen expenses account to hire the personal support workers immediately. The independent study by Greg Fougère was one of three major reviews of the city’s four long-term care homes released Monday. The city’s auditor general also made 27 recommendations across two audits that investigated a case of alleged resident-on-resident sexual abuse and medication controls at the facilities. The city last November asked Fougère to review the long-term care program after reports of abuse at the municipal facilities.

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