Ottawa long-term care staff at “breaking point”: new workplace violence study and poll released Tuesday

OTTAWA, ON – Two new reports that expose the high level of violence, abuse and harassment against staff working at Ontario long-term care homes including some in Ottawa and the surrounding areas, are being released at a media conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West, Ottawa.

The study titled, “Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-term Care Staff,” is a just-published, in-depth study of violence against long-term care staff in Ontario, conducted by Canadian researchers,
Dr. James Brophy and Dr. Margaret Keith, who are associated with the University of Windsor and the University of Stirling in the UK. The researchers, who held group interviews with long-term care staff in seven Ontario communities, will present their findings and recommendations for change on the media conference panel Tuesday morning.

Joining them is a registered practical nurse who participated in the study and who also experienced violence at work – and employer bullying for speaking out about it – is available for interviews.

In a second-related investigation, more than 1100 Ontario front-line long-term care staff (several hundred of them from the Ottawa area) who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), were polled on their experiences with workplace violence based on job roles and gender within long‐term care homes in Ontario.

CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer Candace Rennick and a former long-term care worker, will release the poll findings that probed the frequency and type of violence long-term care experienced, as well as workers’ perceptions of resident care quality and adequate staffing levels.

Viewed together, the “Breaking Point” study and the poll offer an incisive look at violence as symptomatic of a sector that undervalues both its staff and residents and how violence affects workers’ health and well-being – causing injuries, unaddressed emotional trauma, job dissatisfaction, and burnout – and, ultimately, resident care quality.

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For more information, please contact:

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300, syeadon@cupe.ca

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Source: CUPE Ontario