Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Long-term care residents deserve better
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 17 Jan 2007, p. 6

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Dear editor, We are the residents of the Bennett Health Care Centre and we are writing to inform the community about the lack of priority given long-term care homes in Ontario. Why are residents in LTC homes being treated like second-class citizens compared to inmates in Ontario correctional facilities? Why can't LTCs get more staff to care for the residents' many needs? Why do LTC homes only get $5.45 per resident per day for food for seniors when provincial jails get $11.43 for those who have been found guilty of acts against society? Why are the residents of LTCs required to pay for their own TV and phone while these are provided free to inmates? Why are citizens who built this country treated in such shabby fashion while those who have been knocking it down are a higher funding priority in the eyes of the government? They say a civilized society shows it cares for its weakest members. We hope those who are concerned about these discrepancies will join us in protesting these outrageous examples of unfairness to our community's seniors. These problems should have been addressed before MPPs voted themselves a 25 per cent raise. Ruth Donaldson, Bennett Health Care Centre Residents' Council

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Letters to the editor...Long-term care residents deserve better