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REPORT DEMANDS MORE LTC INSPECTIONS
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Ontario’s Long-Term Care Commission has called for the return of annual inspections, as well as more stringent enforcement of compliance, at facilities across the province in an interim report. The commission’s findings, released on Friday were the second set of interim recom- mendations suggesting immediate or rapid action as COVID-19 continued to affect long- term care homes across the province. The recommendations came as the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury entered its tenth week in outbreak. As of Friday, 14 residents had died from COVID-19 at the long-term care home. Eighty- five of the 109 resident cases had been resolved, as had 66 of the 68 staff cases. No new cases were reported last week, but health authorities continued to monitor the situation. The three-person commission said the province should resume annual resident quality inspections (RQI) for all long-term care homes, as well as hire new inspectors to address that need. Almost all 626 homes were inspected in 2017, but that figure had dropped to just 37 by 2019 after requirements were relaxed the previous year. “This reduction in RQIs which are intended to provide a holistic review of operations in the homes left the Ministry with an
A man in his 50s has been arrested after police suspected he had been developing a plan to kill others. The OPP)started an investigation in June in response to a complaint about threatening messages. Officers investi- gated at a campground on County Road 19. Un homme de 56 ans de Hawkesbury-Est a été arrêté après une enquête policière sur des actes de harcèlement et des menaces. According to police, the OPP crime unit determined “an individual had been developing a plan to kill individuals”. They arrested a 56-year-old East Hawkes- bury man December 1. He is charged with two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and one count each of counselling an Indictable offence which is not committed and cri- minal harassment-threatening conduct. The man was remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on Tuesday.
Une commission d’enquête sur la réaction des foyers de soins de longue durée, dont la résidence Prescott and Russell à Hawkesbury, à la pandémie, a publié un rapport intérimaire qui exige des vérifications annuelles, entre autres. — photo d’archives
incomplete picture of the state of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and emergency preparedness,” the commission said. “This is a key gap as RQIs are the only resident- focused inspections that must include a review of IPAC.” The commission also recommended that timely enforcement be prioritized with both infection prevention and plan of care. It found an “apparent lack of enforcement” of ministry-issued orders. A publicly accessible report on the per- formance of long-term care homes in the areas of resident and family satisfaction, staffing levels, supply of personal protective equipment was also recommended for every
facility. “The current six clinical indicators tracked in the LTC home performance reports, such as the percentage of residents who fell, experienced pain or were physically restrained, are a good first step in advancing transparency and flagging issues in homes,” the report said. “From a quality of care perspective, homes should monitor and report on other indicators that would provide additional important information to residents, families and the general public and against which homes can be assessed.” The commission has been asked to pres- ent a final report and recommendations by April 30 next year.
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