B.C.'s Ombudsperson has called for enforceable standards for both staffing levels and key aspects of resident care such as bathing, meal preparation, and recreational services.
Of all workers in hospitals and long-term care settings, care aides have the highest injury rates.
Care aides in B.C. are three times more likely to strain their backs than construction workers, and twice as likely as RNs.
During a typical day, a care aide will left 38 patients into bed, or from a bed to a chair. The cumulative wight of all patients lifted in a day has been estimated to be 1.8 tons.
Residents in B.C.'s care homes recieve an average of 2.8 hours of direct care, per day. HEU is advocating for 3.5 hours of direct care per resident, per day.