Teresa Armstrong MPP, London-Fanshawe

Government of Ontario

Petition to legislate a maximum temperature in long-term care

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

WHEREAS the province of Ontario requires a minimum but no maximum temperature in long-term-care homes;

WHEREAS temperatures that are too hot can cause emotional and physical distress that may contribute to a decline in a frail senior’s health;

WHEREAS front-line staff in long-term-care homes also suffer when trying to provide care under these conditions with headaches, tiredness, signs of hyperthermia, which directly impacts resident/patient care;

WHEREAS Ontario’s bill of rights for residents of Ontario nursing homes states ‘every resident has the right to be properly sheltered ... in a manner consistent with his or her needs’;

THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

Direct the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations amending O. Reg. 79/10 in the Long-Term Care Homes Act to establish a maximum temperature in Ontario’s long-term-care homes.

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