Rose Hill Lane is Niagara’s Latest Certified Living Wage Employer
Rose Hill Lane offers premium personal support services and is honoured to be entering into its sixth year of serving respected members of the elder community in the Niagara region. They currently have ten full time and fifty part time employees.
“Rose Hill Lane is proud to be a recent recipient of the Ontario Living Wage Network certification. Our approach since Rose Hill Lane began offering services has been to honour our workers by investing in them in a variety of ways. We continually develop organic training, skill enhancement, rewards, recognition and performance feedback as we invest in our team of dedicated PSWs (personal support workers). Over the years, we have continued to raise wages on an annual basis to ensure our workers have a foundation to live the life they want. PSWs are an important part of the circle of care and while they are often found in the elder care community, they are also critical caregivers in many aspects of healthcare. Our workers are focused on providing care to the vulnerable and aging community and mostly in their place of residence, whether it be their own home, a senior’s community, a long-term care or hospital facility, and often in a palliative situation. To our Personal Support Workers who work daily to provide compassionate and consistent care to our elderly, we appreciate you and thank you for all that you do,” says Anna Schmoll, Director of Care, Rose Hill Lane.
“We’re pleased to have on-going support from local employers who recognize the value and benefits of paying at least a living wage. Paying a living wage is direct action to address poverty and helps people afford the cost of living,” says Jennifer Gauthier, Vice Chair, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
A living wage reflects what earners need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in the community. A living wage is not the same as the legislated minimum wage. It is a voluntary commitment that employers can make to compensate directly-employed and contract- employed full-time and part-time workers. The 2021 living wage for Niagara region has been calculated to be $18.90/hour.
Learn more about Niagara’s living wage at www.wipeoutpoverty.ca. Niagara-area employers interested in becoming living wage certified can contact the Ontario Living Wage Network for more information at www.ontariolivingwage.ca