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'The time for talk has passed'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

At at media conference held today at the Delta Hotel, the impact of recently announced cuts at the FJ Davey Home was discussed.

Presenting at the conference were Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) secretary-treasurer Candace Rennick, personal support worker Alison Caul, and Davey Home resident family member Corrado Bruni (pictured).

At issue at the 374-bed, 400-employee nursing home are cuts to nursing, custodial, support, and dietary staff, most concerning being 25 lost hours of direct resident support care.

During her address today, Rennick told attendees that the Province of Ontario spends $155 per resident per day on senior care, far less than other provinces.

The Government of Quebec spends $100 more per day, while Saskatchewan and Albert dish out $200 more per day.

"A calculation done on the care hours provided at the Davey Home suggests that once these cuts take affect, residents will receive in and around two hours of care per day. This takes us back to 1990 care levels," said Rennick.

CUPE members are advocating for the provincial government to increase funding to accommodate four hours of care per resident per day.

Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti met with a delegation representing staff, residents, and family interests last week, and SooToday.com was told they came away from the discussion feeling confident.

"The time for talk has passed. We need Mr. Orazietti to take swift action to ensure that care levels at the FJ Davey Home are maintained," Rennick stated during her address.

In a news released issued today, Orazietti stated that the provincial government has increased funding to the nursing home every year since the Liberal Party came to office, and that "any suggestion that the province has cut or reduced funding to F.J. Davey Home is misleading and factually untrue."

Following the presentation, she told SooToday.com that these upcoming cuts "take hands off bed-side care and is extremely worrisome. We believe that care levels at the Davey Home are already too low, and before these cuts happen, people cannot meet the needs of the residents. We're convinced that the situation is only going to get worse, and needs will not be met as a result of these cuts."

Caul told us that an over-stretched staff base and employee burnout have resulted in documentation and compliance issues at the FJ Davey Home, which likely lead to the announced cuts.

She also expressed concern over potential safety issues due to under-staffing.

Bruni, whose father has been a resident at the Davey Home for approximately a year, says he's witnessed firsthand a lack in care levels and wants the government to review operations to determine what can be improved in order to obtain satisfactory funding.

"The RPNs are under pressure, the PSWs are under pressure, so obviously there's dissent in the workplace," he told us. "That ends up being passed to the residents because they don't get the quality care they require. That concerns me greatly."

"It's not always about funds. It's about management of the funds," Bruni continued. "I think we need full disclosure from management about where these funds go, and the residents and the residents' council should be made aware. It's about transparency."

The advocacy group has scheduled an info-picket at the intersection of Great Northern Road and Third Line for Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where volunteers will be handing out information pamphlets to those interested.

Full text of the news release issued by the office of David Orazietti follows.

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Province increases funding for F.J. Davey Home by $7.3 million

Ontario government continues to strengthen healthcare in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE - Funding to F.J. Davey Home has been increasing every year since the Liberal government came to office said David Orazietti, MPP, today.

“Any suggestion that the province has cut or reduced funding to F.J. Davey Home is misleading and factually untrue,” said Orazietti. “Our government has continued to increase funding for health care by 67.5 percent across the province and specifically for the F.J. Davey Home‎ by 65 percent or $7.2 million.”

Since 2004, the F.J. Davey Home has seen its budget increase from $11.1 million to $18.3 million (see graphic below).

In Ontario, overall Long-Term Care support has increased from $2.1 billion in 2003 to $3.8 billion in 2013 – an increase of $1.7 billion or 81 percent.

Long-Term Care facilities are now caring for 77,000 Ontarians with over 9,000 new LTC beds opened since 2003.

The average funding per bed in Ontario is approximately $44,308/bed.

In Sault Ste. Marie the average funding per bed is approximately $46,445/bed.

“While I continue to work to increase care for those in our community, the discussion needs to be based on facts not false accusations,” said Orazietti. “And the fact is, our government has substantially increased funding for long-term care, hospitals and home care, as well as for doctors and nurses.”

Information graphic provided by the office of Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti.

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judoka 4/2/2014 10:22:00 PM Report

Our conservative government, has done more slicing and dicing in their short time in power...that its affecting everybody. Who have they not affected? They have turned their backs on the seniors, the military personnel, students, home care workers, trades, you name it. Especially with the military personnel, shutting down veterans offices, to save money, so the greedy assholes can line their own pockets. I take my hat off to the PSWs, cause I know how hard they work in this environment. But there is a limit. You cant have one PSW looking after too many people......its not good for anybody. Government doesn't care. When is the last time the government did something good for the people...think about it? " For the good of the seniors "...so they can take long walks, they shut down postal service. How nice. Then they jack up the price of stamps to a $1. Wow. Talk about classy. You want conservative? When you are in an old age home, and waiting 2 hours for your PSW to get to you....just remember who you voted for. They have to go.....NOW!!
lineman 4/2/2014 10:37:33 PM Report

An article published in the Toronto sun in 2012.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/28/it-costs-113000-a-year-to-lodge-a-federal-prisoner-report

The annual $2.3-billion bill for the country's 53 penitentiaries works out to $312 per prisoner, per day, according to the latest annual report from Corrections Canada

No doubt it has gone up. And we are settling for $155!? something not right here!
Derd78 4/2/2014 10:38:19 PM Report

If there was in fact an "increase in funding" as stated, then as an employee of the davey home I can say that this increase has only benefited management and not front line workers or resident care. Our management has used "the government" as an excuse to give us unfair working conditions for the past 10 years. And in light of this new information about a funding increase, I am left wondering why the management continues to make cuts under the guise of ministry compliance.
shju 4/2/2014 10:53:56 PM Report

I think we should all become teachers, they seem to be the only government agency that gets raises all the time. I am all for cuts, but it should be fair to all employee's top and bottom alike.
David Poluck 4/3/2014 6:10:44 AM Report

Is this just another example of a top heavy institution?
It's obvious to everyone involved that adjustments need to be made.
Why then is there such resistance from the top to work with those that are on the front lines to dig in and get down to the issues?

Maybe it is time to restructure.



sinikka 4/3/2014 7:02:26 AM Report

All it takes is a few lawsuits by the families of the residents and then things will change. The government is not to blame management is to blame and it sounds like DERD as an employee at the davey home agrees.
HONEST1 4/3/2014 7:03:33 AM Report

Time to restructure in this country. Pay cuts for top heavy management and everyone in this country should be paying taxes!!!!! I don't care who you are....
Moonshiner 4/3/2014 7:04:30 AM Report

that settles it then..knock over a armoured car when you hit 70!! its a win win situation!!
social butterfly 4/3/2014 8:32:25 AM Report

The elderly of this country deserve better. The cost of living in these nursing homes is not cheap. Most of the residents are paying in excess of
$2,000.00 if not more. Some lucky ones have pensions that subsidize this, others have not. The government also subsidizes some of the residents who are on disability or have no means to pay. Why does it always come down to the person who works hard gets to pay more.
ya....right 4/3/2014 9:52:00 AM Report

Yep, CUPE is mad alright....more employees=more union dues....that's all they want, plain and simple.
right wing 4/3/2014 10:27:48 AM Report

judoka

I can tell you are a headline reader and a media robot.
If you need me to I'll explain what that means.

This is a provincial issue...our province is run by the Ontario Liberals.

You're welcome.
Tag33&1/3rd 4/3/2014 10:32:30 AM Report

The other provinces that spend more $ per day are probably proving A LOT better care for their elderly also!
ddfive 4/3/2014 12:04:53 PM Report

the goverment should stop just listening to other parts of our so called province n listen to sault ste. marie on our conserns on thing just like the davey home plus other things here as well
AHappyMan 4/3/2014 10:19:32 PM Report

The time for talk has definitely passed for damn sure. My spouse is an RPN at the Sault Area Hospital. The cost of everything has gone up over the past few years but she has NOT gotten a raise in pay for almost four ( 4 ) years !! Although her union is not CUPE, the Liberal Government in it's wisdom decided to freeze her wages prior to her last contract due to the fact that she is considered an essential worker and part of the public sector. This has resulted in us going further in debt just to cover our own normal monthly bills. Her contract is coming up in October of this year and hopefully she will see at least a modest increase in wages over the life of her new contract.

Orazetti can say whatever he wants to say but Nurses have already paid their fair share in bringing the Province's debt down. ( A debt by the way which was partly caused by the inept Liberal Government which canceled those gas plants at a humungous cost which has to be paid by all of the taxpayers in this Province! )

I absolutely fail to understand how the current Liberal Government can continue to put patients at risk by freezing or cutting the wages of those people who take care of these patients! I wonder how Orazetti would feel if one of his relatives was in the hospital ( or in one of our local senior homes ) and did not get the care they needed due to the lack of Nurses?

I apologize for the length of this post but I feel very strongly about the lack of respect the Liberal Government is showing to Nurses in this area.
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