How the hunt for profits has shaped Ontario's home care system

How the hunt for profits has shaped Ontario's home care system

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month! Zaid Noorsumar January 17, 2020 RABBLE NEWS FOOD & HEALTH LABOUR “I’m just sad that I’ve done [care work] for my whole career. My whole career has been taking care of people and trying to uphold a certain standard of care. And to come to this stage, so close to being able to retire and of course, I’m retiring with nothing.
Increased daily care for residents must come 
with Ontario’s new long-term care beds

Increased daily care for residents must come with Ontario’s new long-term care beds

Increased daily care for residents must come with Ontario’s new long-term care beds TORONTO, ON – While new long-term care beds announced by the provincial government today, are badly needed in Ontario, The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling for long-overdue investments to increase resident quality of life and care levels, which in Ontario, are dismally low compared to other provinces. Failing to do that says Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer “means our government will continue to fail the 80,000 frail long-term care residents whose care needs are much higher than the province is providing funding for.
Kingston home care workers' help line launches amid employers' gag order

Kingston home care workers' help line launches amid employers' gag order

Hot line: 613-542-9333 Home care workers in Kingston – many of whom this week received employer-written directives to stay mum during the Doug Ford government overhaul of the health system – can now call 613-542-9333, a new help line for assistance. The support hotline launched in Kingston today is one facet of a unique community-based project by local minimum wage activists and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) earlier this year.
Launch of Kingston community project to support home care workers

Launch of Kingston community project to support home care workers

Media Conference A media conference, that includes front-line home care staff will give details of the project and release a Kingston-area telephone helpline number that home care workers can call for assistance. Friday, March 1 11:30 a.m. Kingston City Hall Councillors’ Lounge Conference on violence at work The project group is following up Friday’s media conference with a day-long conference on violence. It is being held at
Kingston Violence In Healthcare Conference

Kingston Violence In Healthcare Conference

KINGSTON VIOLENCE IN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE Click here to add to your calendar Saturday, March 2nd 9am to 4pm Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario Street Click Here to Register Agenda issues Join specialists in healthcare violence. Discuss polls of staff about violence at work. Talk about your experiences. Learn about CUPE’s campaigns against violence in the workplace. Help us push for workplaces without violence. There is no admission charge for this conference and a light lunch is provided.
Home Care worker shortage: patients forced to live in hospitals

Home Care worker shortage: patients forced to live in hospitals

Ontario has a shortage of personal support workers working in Home Care. Is it any wonder that this is the case? Low pay, no guaranteed of hours, health and safety concerns, unpaid travel time and expenses, poor or non-existent benefits, few or no sick days, these are the working conditions a PSW can expect if they become a home care worker. As a result of these poor working conditions and the need to find stable work at a livable wage, most personal support workers look to leave the home care sector for positions in long term care homes, retirement homes or hospitals where the pay and working conditions are significantly superior.
Home support care in New Brunswick: the Province must intervene

Home support care in New Brunswick: the Province must intervene

Click here to sign the pledge to make Community Care Services in NB public CUPE 4598, which represents 136 Canadian Red Cross Home support workers in New Brunswick, organized Tuesday’s press conference. The Union criticized the Employer’s inaction when it comes to negotiations. “On March 31, 2018, it will have been nine years since our collective agreement expired”, says Local 4598 President Thérèse Duguay. Despite the employees’ best efforts, the Red Cross still refuses to negotiate a new contract.
Home care services for 1500 inner city patients still in peril despite government's funding announcement

Home care services for 1500 inner city patients still in peril despite government's funding announcement

TORONTO, ON (July 19, 2016) – Home care services of more than 1500 infirm and elderly, inner city patients provided by Toronto’s Neighbourhood Group are still in peril of coming to an end despite today’s announcement of additional sector-wide funding by the provincial government. Personal Support Workers from Neighbourhood Group provide home care to low income or difficult to care for patients in central Toronto. These workers speak dozens of different languages that reflect Toronto’s diversity and are often the lifeline for many isolated clients.