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MEDIA RELEASE: Long-Term Care Residents Deserve Safe Care

For Immediate Release – May 14, 2015

Saskatoon – The leaders and members of SEIU-West were somewhat reassured by the observations contained in the final report of the Ombudsman released today. It was reassuring to hear that there are wide-ranging complaints across all health regions and that unsafe staffing levels appear to be a systemic issue and these are not solely the concerns brought forward by SEIU-West.

“Members of SEIU-West who work in this sector have struggled with this reality for far too long. While we have attempted to bring these issues to the forefront in each of our affiliated Health Regions and Extendicare facilities, it has been a struggle to get any traction, due to the budgetary realities that direct staffing levels” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West.

“On behalf of our members who provide front line care services, it is upsetting to hear the Ombudsman’s assessment that in moving from minimum care guidelines of 2011, to the 2013 special care guidelines, a culture of poor quality of care has been created.” Cape added. “We agree the 2011 minimum care guidelines were outdated and should have been increased on the basis of higher level of care requirements for residents in long-term care. We also appreciate the observation that the 2013 special care guidelines have neither been implemented, nor monitored or enforced.”

The Ombudsman report notes that the 2013 special care guidelines are non-specific, high level and open to wide interpretation.

“Unfortunately, we do not have adequate staffing resources to ensure that the recommendations of the Ombudsman are fulfilled. What we really need is to take the next step and address the recommendations of the Ombudsman and this can only be done if we first resolve the chronic unsafe staffing levels in this sector. Our members are ready and willing to be a part of the process to improve the care standards in long-term care,” said Cape.

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour, purple and one union, SEIU-West and they want you to note that purple works in our community! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

 

For a printable PDF of this release, click on the link below:

MEDIA RELEASE: Long-Term Care Residents Deserve Safe Care

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MEDIA RELEASE: Residents of Providence Place Deserve Safe Care

For Immediate Release – April 8, 2015

Moose Jaw – The leaders and members of SEIU-West were distressed by the recent news story centred upon a tragedy at Providence Place where a resident died after eating detergent pods.

“SEIU-West represents the hard working, dedicated health care staff who work on the front line at this facility, and the issue of understaffing has been an ongoing problem which has been brought to the attention of Providence Place and its health region time and time again,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “It is especially upsetting to hear the response from the CEO of Providence Place. By saying he’s seen ‘no sign of unresolved issues’ from residents or staff, he admits that he has ignored the communications and letters we have shared with him, the Providence Place Board of Directors and senior leadership of Five Hills Health Region.”

In January of 2015, just two months before this tragic incident, SEIU-West sent a letter to each Board member of Providence Place outlining our concerns, and copied Mr. Nyhof. “We explained about the hazards presented to residents and workers when unsafe staffing levels are chronic,” continued Cape. “Unfortunately, our invitation to come together ‘to begin to work together to make improvements in a system that is under siege for marquee catastrophes, rather than letting this become the next big media story’ received no meaningful reply from anyone associated with Providence Place.

On April 2, 2015, the provincial government stated that funding to Providence Place has increased by 46 per cent since 2007 and that staffing has increased by 9 per cent. Evidently, this increase has not alleviated understaffing and moreover, that increase spans a time period from 8 years ago and doesn’t appear to include the much needed front-line staff. Of concern to the staff is that when the Five Hills Health Region was given an opportunity to receive more funding with the 2013 ‘Urgent Action Fund’, there is no mention of Providence Place in the Five Hills Health Region’s application. Furthermore, the ‘funded priority areas’ for Five Hills involved (1) purchasing new tubs and track lifts, (2) purchasing equipment for priority facilities, and (3) using Lean initiatives to help improve residents’ personal routines and schedules. These initiatives require enough staff to be able to actually use the new equipment.

“It is especially disconcerting to learn that the Five Hills Health Region was one of few regions in Saskatchewan that did not ask for funding towards its staffing levels in 2013. At the same time, SEIU-West was ringing alarms about unsafe staffing levels within the health region,” said Cape. “This tragedy was a heartbreaking event for the family and our members at Providence Place. We must ensure adequate resources and attention are brought to bear on the ongoing crisis in unsafe staffing.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour, purple and one union, SEIU-West and they want you to know that purple works in our community! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

 

For a printable PDF of this release, please click on the link below:

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Long-Term Cares Contest: Enter to win an iPad

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Who Won the Food Services Week Bake Off?

We knew SEIU-West Food Service workers were awesome at what they do, but we never knew just how awesome they really are!!

We had incredible feedback from our Food Services Week contest, where food service members could send us photos of their favourite treat which were then tasted by coworkers and the clients, residents and/or patients in their facility. The ratings are in, and here are the winners!!

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Bake off second place winner Marie’s pumpkin cheese cake from Lafleche Health Centre.

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Bake off second place winner Carol’s zucchini cake from Lafleche Health Centre.

In second place, we have a tie – two lovely ladies from Lafleche Health Centre took advantage of the seasonal vegetables they had available to create amazing treats! Carol Barrett made a scrumptious looking chocolate zucchini cake, while Marie Radfelder decided to present a fall inspired Thanksgiving pumpkin cheese cake! Carol and Marie’s colleagues said both treats were “great, amazing and delicious” and said they always make amazing cuisine. Congrats you two!! Lafleche Health Center is certainly lucky to have you feeding them on a regular basis.

The first place prize goes to Olive Tizzard and Debbie Nicholson from Providence Place in Moose Jaw!! Wow these women sure know how to make your mouth water! Together, Olive, Debbie and a few kindly helpers, baked up a storm, making apple pastry rosettes and artistically designed chocolate covered strawberries. What did the people in their facility have to say about their efforts? Overwhelmingly positive because the treats disappeared quickly, with one resident giving them a 10/10 and commenting, “yum yum really good!” and proceeded to have another. Other reviews included “make it again!” and “delicious, not too sweet, just perfect”.  There was even a 10.5/10! Wonderful teamwork everyone and congratulations!!

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Bake off winners Olive, Debbie and their team’s entries from Providence Place in Moose Jaw.

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Bargaining Update no. 6: Extendicare

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

The Employer has now confirmed the timetable for the implementation of the new rates of pay as well as premiums and the payment of the retro pay to all employees.

The new rates of pay will be implemented effective April 1, 2014.  You will see these rates reflected in the pay period ending April 13th and will appear on the pay cheque dated April 24th.

The new shift premium will be implemented effective March 17th.  Employees who qualify for the premium will see it reflected on the cheque received April 10th.  There will be some retroactive pay earned…

Click on the link below for the printable PDF version of the full update:

Bargaining Update no. 6: Extendicare

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MEDIA RELEASE: Scratching the Surface – Provincial Budget 2014

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014

Regina – Members of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) who were at the Legislature today were hopeful that the budget presented by the Provincial government would be fair to the people of Saskatchewan.

“What was presented today raises a lot of questions for those of us who live, work and contribute to a vibrant Saskatchewan,” said Janice Platzke, Treasurer of SEIU-West. “This budget doesn’t even scratch the surface of the overwhelming needs in health care and education.”

“We are encouraged that the provincial government has previously recognized the need for a funding bump specific to front line workers in the community-based organization (CBO) sector. However, we need the government to follow through and be clear about how these organizations are to use this funding and identify how they will hold them to account on how the money is actually being spent, said Platzke.

In late 2012, the provincial government increased funding to lift the salaries of front line workers in the CBO sector. Some employers have opted to use the funds to create management positions, in spite of the specifications set out in the government announcement.

The budget also confirmed that LEAN processes will be applied to the education sector, and continued in the health sector but there seems to be no evidence that the fundamentals will be managed on a day-to-day basis.

“Though special programs like LEAN and standardized testing are a part of the mix, they will be doomed to failure if our government doesn’t address the fundamental issue of adequate staff to provide education support for students or care to patients/residents,” continued Platzke. “It is no secret that there are staffing shortages in both sectors. More provincial dollars should be directed to increase the number of staff in both health care and education.”

“We are extremely concerned about the state of health care funding and are keenly aware that the Canada Health Accord expires at the end of March. What will happen when we no longer have the firm commitment provided by the federal government under the Health Accord? Does our provincial government have a plan as to how our health care system will be delivered when Saskatchewan is receiving $100 million less from the federal government? This budget does not instil our confidence that an adequate plan is in place.” added Platzke.

SEIU-West represents more than thirteen thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

 

For a printable PDF of this media release, click on the link below:

MEDIA RELEASE: Scratching the Surface – Provincial Budget 2014

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Bargaining Update no. 5: Extendicare

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

SEIU-West members employed with Extendicare Canada voted on a tentative agreement with Extendicare February 12, 2014. We are pleased to report that a majority of members voted to ratify the  Agreement. The new Collective Agreement came into effect when SEIU-West and the Employer exchanged formal notice of the ratification, which was Friday, February 14, 2014.

Click on the link below for a printable PDF of the full bargaining update:

Bargaining Update no. 5: Extendicare

 

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News Article: ‘We need to do better for Seniors in need of our care’

Facing complaints that include residents soiling themselves and receiving tub baths only once a week, the Saskatchewan government is injecting $10 million into an urgent issues action fund for long-term care facilities in the province…

To read this story on-line, click on the link below:
‘We need to do better for seniors in need of our care’ – link to Star Phoenix

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Happy Nurses Week – May 6 – 12, 2013

Qualities that Define a Good Health Care Provider

Before you choose to be a Health Care Provider, it is very important for you to understand who you are as an individual. Why? Because this profession is extremely demanding both physically and mentally.

Being a Health Care Provider is not a desk job. Physical pressures include: dealing with emergency cases, on-call duties, extended working hours, and working days, evenings, nights and weekends. One needs to be on their toes, aiding the need of the patients and their families.

nurses-prayerMentally you have to deal with emotional situations of the patients and their families; giving them constant moral support, attending to their need to be heard and comforted, and being an advocate for the patient with the doctor and care team. A Health Care Provider is a caregiver who makes the connection between the doctor, patient and the patient’s family. In case of serious illnesses there will be issues like anger, frustration, pain and agony which must be dealt with calmly through all the chaos.

Member-Profiles-01-10-NeilIn addition to being mentally composed and physically strong, a Health Care Provider should be compassionate, professional and dedicated. A Health Care Provider comes across people who are dealing with trauma – both physically and mentally – on a daily basis. These people are looking for comfort and healing. A Health Care Provider is the one who understands their miseries and comforts them even in their darkest hour.

Providing compassionate care for patients, clients and residents includes having good communication skills, and being adaptable to change. When it comes to communication, especially in health care, it is more than talking to a patient. It is being a good listener. By listening to the needs of the patients and communicating those needs to the family and the other members of the health care team, it helps to form a bond of mutual trust and reliance.

Member-Profiles-21-30-NEW10This skill needs to be developed and maintained even in the dynamic of the working environment of the healthcare sector. A Health Care Provider must be alert, observant and must adapt to change well because each day is different from the other. Every patient has different needs, and will need different ways to help them cope.

Change is not limited to the day-to-day activities in the workplace. With continuous discovery of new illnesses, medicines and development in health care technology, professionals like ourselves need to update and adapt ourselves continuously with the times; a successful Health Care Provider needs to be willing to learn on an ongoing basis.

Perhaps the most important quality of a great Health Care Provider is their willingness to provide a healing touch. A career in healthcare is satisfying only if the need to comfort others is more important than the need to remain in your comfort zone. Doing something because it is your passion, makes it not just your job. It makes it your career, your profession.

To all the Health Care Providers of SEIU-West, Happy Nurses Week!

Al Chaisson

Chair of the Nursing Care Committee

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SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update No. 12

Your SEIU-West Bargaining committee met with SAHO and the Employers on December 10 to 14 in Saskatoon.

As you will recall, we gave SAHO and the Employers a “comprehensive package” of proposals in order to finalize and conclude our SEIU-West language items during our last bargaining session at the end of November.  We received their comprehensive counter -proposal on December 12.

While we recognize the Employer’s comprehensive proposal package as a signal they too desire a conclusion of the SEIU-West individual bargaining …

Click on the link below for the full update in PDF:

SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update No. 12

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