International hires are helping but challenges remain for long-term care in Nova Scotia

“We haven’t seen much change,” says Louise Riley, a continuing care assistant who chairs CUPE’s Long-Term Care Committee. “We are still working short and we are still being mandated (i.e. forced by the employer) to work overtime. We have lots of people out sick or on Workers’ Compensation claims. We need more CCAs in nursing homes – period.”

Minister Delorey Announces CCA Bursary Program

Sister Louise Riley – Chair of the Long Term Care Coordinating Committee, and CUPE NS President – Nan McFadgen attended a panel discussion today in Annapolis Valley where Minister Randy Delorey made an announcement at the Kingstec Nova Scotia Community College about government investing $460,000 into the launch of a bursary program for individuals taking the CCA Program.  Delorey says there will be 115 bursaries worth $4000 each, which will cover tuition and books to cover the program for students attending NSCC or Université Sainte Anne.

Delorey stated “Our hope is that this financial assistance will remove the barriers for some students waiting to enter the field, and encourage more to enrol – and interim, as I’ve mentioned earlier, help address staffing challenges across the workforce”


Rebuild long-term care in Nova Scotia

CUPE Nova Scotia is calling on the McNeil government to immediately increase funding to all publicly-funded long-term care facilities, so they reach a minimum staff funding of 4.1 hours of care per resident each day.

“Many of our members are telling us that, on average, they have less than ten minutes to get each resident ready for the day,” says Louise Riley, chair of the CUPE NS Long Term Care Coordinating Committee. “Let that sink in. Ten minutes or less. How many able-bodied adults do you know that can get themselves ready for the day in that amount of time?”

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