LISTEN: More Staff Needed in Seniors' Residences: CUPE
Days after an elderly man in a Scarborough seniors' residence allegedly attacked two other women living there, killing one of them, there are calls for having more staff watch over patients in long-term care facilities.
It's one of the main asks of CUPE Ontario Secretary Treasurer Candace Rennick. She's worked in long-term care facilities for 17 years and says not only are there not enough employees to provide proper care to residents during the day but she says there's a skeleton staff at night.
Rennick believes residents are lashing out in frustration of poor conditions and not enough attention.
She says the province should legislate an average of 3.5 hours of personal care, per resident each day. Rennick notes in some facilities, seniors don't even get two hours.
In a statement, Health Minister Deb Matthews calls what happened at Wexford Residence a terrible tragedy. She says if there's anything that can be learned from this incident, action will be taken.
Concerns about security prior to attack at Wexford Residence