Province says long-term care residents will receive four hours of direct care

Queen's Park hopes to achieve its target of four hours of daily direct, hands-on care by 2025

The Ontario Government has announced it is increasing the hours of direct care for each long-term care resident in the province to an average of four hours a day.

An overview of this new plan was highlighted by Premier Doug Ford on Monday, but details are expected to be contained within the provincial budget due to be released on Thursday.

“I made a promise to long-term care residents, their families and their caregivers that we would deliver better care for our seniors,” said Premier Ford. “Today, we are delivering on that promise and acting on the early recommendations of Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission. By increasing the hours of daily direct care for residents, we will improve their quality of life and ensure they are more comfortable and safe.”

The four hours of direct hands-on care will be provided by nurses or personal support workers. It is hoped this target will be achieved by the end of 2025.