OASW Submission on Staffing in Long-Term Care

OASW was pleased to recently submit recommendations to the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s Staffing Study Advisory Group on a model for staffing to best ensure high-quality care for residents of long-term care homes.
We specifically recommended that the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 be updated to mandate a social worker in every LTC home and ensure that the role is filled by an RSW and that each resident receives a minimum of 30 minutes of direct care provided by an RSW each month. For more details, please see the Full Report. 
OASW will be meeting with the Ministry to discuss our proposal in detail and will continue to engage closely with government to increase the role of social workers within the long-term care system as this important file moves forward.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 6000 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.