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For Immediate Release                                                                               March 17, 2008


KLEES:  Prioritize Long Term Care


(Queen’s Park) Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees today made the following statement in the Legislature:


“Mr. Speaker, I am calling on the Minister of Health to ensure that residents in Long Term Care Homes in Aurora, in Newmarket and across Ontario receive the quality of care they deserve. He can do that by prioritizing our seniors and people with disabilities who are residents of Long Term Care Homes in his government's upcoming budget.


“At a recent roundtable discussion at the Aurora Resthaven Long Term Care Home, I heard from residents, family members and staff that the services and quality of care that can be provided at current funding levels is unacceptable.


“Edith Schultz, Resthaven's administrator, pointed out that cost increases have outstripped funding increases for four straight years. I was presented with thousands of postcards gathered at a number of Long Term Care Homes, including:  Southlake Village in Newmarket, The Willows in Aurora and the King City Lodge.


“I will be sending them across to the Minister.  They are signed by residents, their families and staff, and ask that the government provide the $513 million of additional funding to provide the additional staff and supplies necessary to ensure an adequate level of care and quality of life for residents.


“Mr. Speaker, that is $18.75 per day for each of the residents of Long Term Care Homes in our province.  We will be interested to see where our Long Term Care residents are on his government's list of priorities when the Minister of Finance tables his budget.



Frank Klees, MPP


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