How the housekeeping industry is changing, and what to do about it
The Canadian Association of Nurses and Midwives is warning the country’s public health authorities to get serious about ensuring women in nursing homes are safe from housekeeping jobs, because the industry is growing fast and its members are becoming increasingly dependent on government support.
Housekeeping is an increasingly important part of nursing homes because it provides a skilled and caring workforce to meet the needs of people with special needs, such as children, older adults and those with intellectual disabilities.
But the association says that is changing.
It says housekeeping positions are becoming more important as nurses and midwives face increasing demands for more hours of care, and the numbers of people using nursing homes have also risen.
Nurses and midwifery has become an increasingly common occupation, with the average nursing home employed more than 50 people, according to a 2011 survey.
The average number of days a person spends in a nursing home rose from 24 days in 2003 to 40 days in 2012, and in 2014, the average number was 40 days, according the association.
It has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from around 3,000 to 10,000.
The association has also seen an increase in housekeeping-related injuries and deaths.
Since 2007, it says, there have been at least 1,700 nursing home deaths, more than double the number in 2008.
It also says there have nearly doubled the number of nursing home assaults in recent years, up from 6,000 in 2006 to 13,000 last year.
The number of people working in nursing home homes has increased by more than 600 per cent in the last decade.
There are now around 15,000 nursing home workers in Canada, up to a total of about 40,000, the association said in a statement.
Housekeeping jobs can be very demanding.
Some people in nursing houses work for as little as $8.20 an hour, according a survey conducted by the Canadian Nursing Home Association.
The minimum wage in Ontario is $10.25 an hour.
Housekeepers also earn less than other workers in other professions, such toadying and housekeeping technicians.
That is because nursing home staff often work from home, and don’t get the benefit of the government’s paid sick leave program, which allows employees to take time off work to care for their sick or injured family members.
A 2012 report from the Canadian Association for Occupational Health and Safety found that housekeeping workers make up more than 10 per cent of the workforce in nursing facilities.
It recommends that the government invest more in paid sick time and to make nursing homes more sustainable.
The association is urging the government to put more money into health care support, such a paid sick day, and to invest in support for nursing home health care workers.
It also wants the government, including the provincial and territorial governments, to expand the program so people who are working in homes receive paid sick days at home and in the workplace.
“It’s a crisis that we’ve never seen before,” said Lisa Wainwright, president of the association, in a phone interview.
“We’re seeing people dying, it’s devastating for the families, it really is devastating for everyone involved.
The more people that have a home caretaker, it also means the more nursing home employees have to work, and so it means more stress on the health and safety of the whole workforce.”
The growing number of housekeeping employees has caused problems for some nursing homes.
The Canadian Nursing Foundation has received reports of housekeepers stealing equipment from the homes.
A 2014 survey of nursing and homecare staff in Ontario found that more than a quarter of them said they had seen a nurse or midwife steal a piece of equipment from their home.
At a recent meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association, the group said the number and severity of the incidents have increased in recent months, with a number of staff reporting that they have been threatened with violence.
The organization also said that the number had doubled since last fall, when it launched a campaign to educate nurses and home care workers about the dangers of housework.
“We are witnessing a rise in housekeepers taking things away from nursing homes,” said Dr. Diane O’Toole, a spokesperson for the association and chair of its Health and Social Care Committee.
“The nursing home community is also being told to not go to work unless you have a job offer.
We’re seeing a real deterioration in the health of the nursing home.
That’s when we need to start looking at these issues.”
In a release, the Canadian Society of Registered Nurses said that while it was not opposed to the use of paid sick or paid holidays for nursing homes, the union was concerned that these types of policies might be less beneficial to home careworkers than the government and private sector.
But the society says that the increased reliance on government services