Call upon the government to keep long-term care beds in Niagara!
Petition to the Ontario Legislative Assembly:
WHEREAS Seniors and their families need long-term care beds and high-quality care in their communities, and;
WHEREAS Kilean Lodge, a local long-term care home is set to close, resulting in a devastating loss of 50 beds; and
WHEREAS the government is using the upcoming closure as a reason to consider moving 50 of Kilean Lodge's beds out of our area;
WHEREAS 26,500 seniors continue to go without access to a long-term care bed, as the wait list hits a new record high this year and will double to 50,000 people over the next six years;
WHEREAS Seniors now represent 15 percent of the population, up from 8 per cent in 1971. By the time all of the baby boomers have reached 65, they will make up an estimated 25 per cent of the population. Ontario's health, social, and community human resources need to be better prepared and supported to meet the needs of our aging population;
WE the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
THAT the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care be asked to reject any proposal to reduce the number of long-term beds in Grimsby, and to increase investment in local long-term care facilities to accommodate our growing number of seniors and their needs.