Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Province must end unreliable, understaffed, and unaccountable for-profit home care

Published on October 27, 2020

QUEEN'S PARK -- "Speaker, George White is living with ALS and relies on home care for bathing, toileting, feeding and transferring from his wheelchair to his bed, but the chronic shortage of PSWs at ParaMed has meant that George is regularly forced to sleep in his wheelchair, because there was no evening PSW.

Last week, he sent me this email: “ParaMed has reached a new record for service providers. Four out of the last six nights, they did not send a PSW to put me to bed. That means I’ve been in soiled diapers for at least 14 hours for those days, from 2 p.m. until 6 a.m. That is inhumane.” Speaker, I agree.

Clearly, privatized home care is failing people like George White. Will this government agree to end the unreliable, understaffed and unaccountable for-profit home care system and make home care public?"