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Staff hours being cut at long-term care home

Vincent Ball

By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Park Lane Terrace (Expositor photo)

Park Lane Terrace (Expositor photo)

Reduced funding from the provincial government is being blamed for an “unprecedented” reduction in working hours for personal support workers and registered practical nurses at Park Lane Terrace, a long-term care home in Paris.
“The reduction is a symptom of a broken funding system from the provincial government,” Ken Dam, of the Christian Labour Association of Canada, said in a statement. “The system is supposed to provide funding that meets the care needs of the residents.
“However, when the dedicated staff at Park Lane Terrace are already under enormous pressure to do more with less they get cut even further.”
Dam called the reduction unprecedented, adding it is unfair to both residents and the front-line staff who care for them.
Although exact numbers haven’t been determined, Dam said the reduction in hours for workers is roughly equivalent to about 2.5 full-time personal support workers and three full-time registered practical nurses.
The management at Park Lane Terrace has decided to create new schedules to reach the reduction, which will impact every single PSW and RPN. Many of the front-line staff – members of the Grand Valley Health Care Workers Union, CLAC Local 305 - will have to choose their schedules through a seniority process.
The cuts are scheduled to take effect in late April, he said.
Park Lane Terrace is one of five homes operated by APANS Health Services, of London, Ont.
Mary Raithby, the CEO of APANS, confirmed that the working hours of PSWs and RPNs at Park Lane Terrace are being cut. She also confirmed the cuts are the result of a drop in provincial funding for nursing services at the long-term care home.
“We know the kind of disruption something like this can cause and we’re not happy about it either,” Raithby said.
But given the amount of money available adjustments have to be made, she said, and management is looking to maintain as many positions as possible.
The long-term care home has 132 residents and just over 200 staff. It is home to seniors as well as younger people who have debilitating diseases.
The amount of funding for nursing care, which includes salaries, benefits, programs and services, is based on a complicated formula tied to the amount or level of care each resident requires based on his or her condition. As a result of that process the amount of money earmarked for nursing care at the long-term care home has dropped.
Through the funding formula, another facility operated by APANS is getting an increase in funding for nursing care.
APANS operates homes in Chatham, Hamilton, Delaware and Amherstburg.
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