Do you want to know when your child’s Graduation Celebration is at Kenora Catholic?

Click here to see the Year End Schedule of Events.

It's a bit of a frustrating situation. While the province is looking at funding more long-term care beds, there may simply not be enough staff to look after any new residents.

Michelle Spencer from the District of Kenora has been looking for solutions for a number of years now. While there's space at Pinecrest for more residents, a lack of staff means more seniors aren't accepted into long-term care.

"You can give us all the money and the hours in the world, but if we don't have those people, who are interested in doing that job, we're no further ahead," she said.

At Pinecrest in Kenora, they've developed what they call a living classroom. It allows staff to learn theory in class, then go down the hall and apply it. One of the students enrolled in the training program through Confederation College is Todd Norlen.

"With the Baby Boomers getting older, we're going to need more PSWs. So, I think it's a growing industry. Hopefully, the government and everyone involved realizes that, and we can have enough support workers to give the proper care," he said.

Norlen is actually part of a bumper crop. Usually, two or four students a year would enroll in the personal support worker courses at Confederation College. However, Norlen's one of seven students, in this year's living classroom at Pinecrest in Kenora.

"It's very rewarding," he said. "Working with our older clients is fun to do. They have a lot of knowledge. They were once young like us, and they need care, as well."

Michelle Spencer's the human resources manager at Pinecrest. She says allowing new students to pay off their tuition by working shifts at the long-term care home is helping.

She would also like to see more people brought into the home at an earlier age, so they get used to the idea that it's not a scary place.

"They build those relationships and see that, you know what, this is good work. This is giving back, and this is something that might interest me, as opposed to 'Hey, become a PSW." Well, what is that, and what does that mean?"

Spencer noted the starting wage of $19.09/hr. and benefits package are quite competitive. Still, there's a shortage of staff in long-term care homes across the province.

Over the winter months, hospitals in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout have been looking for more space. The lack of long-term care beds in the district has created a backlog, which means it can be harder to admit new patients into local hospitals.

For more information:

Dean addresses long-term care shortage

Long-term care funding

Province addresses long-term care

Ministry's statement

Overcrowding in the region

KDSB looks at long-term care beds

Sioux Lookout mayor makes the case for more long-term care

More long-term care beds needed

Leney discusses seniors, long-term care

More Local News

'All feet on the ground,' medical recruiter

Kenora councillors are hoping to turn things around. They got an update on doctor recruiting last week from Anneke Gillis. "Right now, there's an immediate need for eight new physicians," she said…

Candidates address highway twinning

Liberal nominee Karen Kejick of Shoal Lake 39 says she can help with twinning the Trans-Canada, since she's handled the file for band council.It can be frustrating. Drivers have been waiting…

Do you want to know when your child’s Graduation Celebration is at Kenora Catholic?

Click here to see the Year End Schedule of Events.

Fire ban remains

Fire restrictions remain in place across the northwest. According to the MNRF the fire hazard is still high in the district, despite rain Friday. Residents and visitors are asked not to burn brush or…

Leaders address drinking water, mercury

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath is pledging support for clean water on First Nations. "We have a situation in Grassy Narrows that exists in too many indigenous and First Nation communities across…

Petition for mental health

Sara Dias is gathering signatures on a petition. She's lobbying for equal funding to improve local services for mental health. "We know that when we need medical care, there's no specific wait time…

Horwath visits heart patient

Gary Burns of Kenora's mad. The heart patient was recently taken by air ambulance to Toronto, then left to his own devices. "The two doctors gave me an hour to make up my mind. They did not tell me,…

Welcome back!

A bit of soggy weather didn't put too much of a damper on the welcoming committee. They were out in force again this year at Kenora's greenbelt, as they welcomed back seasonal residents for the first…

Water levels 'challenging,' engineer

Boaters will want to pay close attention to their charts. "It is lower than usual right now, yes, but as many people probably remember it doesn't take too many big rainstorms to turn the situation…

Drug charges laid

A 34-year-old Kenora man is facing drug charges. On May 9, at 6:12 p.m. the OPP arrested a man on Cambrian Drive in Kenora, due to an ongoing investigation. As a result of the investigation,…

Almost time for walleye

Stephanie Brown's looking forward to opening day. "It's looking great. We are opening today for our first guests going out fishing tomorrow at Totem Lodge and Wiley Point Lodge. We're really looking…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login