... with said hammers hitting the top levels of the businesses and not just some chosen scapegoats further down the org charts.CBH99 said:... Bring the hammer down & rebuild the system from the top on down if need be.
Since the outset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Ontario government has put the safety and security of our seniors as a top priority. The onset of COVID-19 has only exacerbated the already difficult situation in long-term care in the province.
Today (26 May), the Ontario government outlined key findings from the Canadian Armed Forces report on the five long-term care homes at which the military has been assisting. The report details serious concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and level of care. The report also indicates that these five homes are beginning to stabilize with the support of the armed forces.
"The health and safety of the residents and staff in our long-term care homes is our number one priority. It is clear the long-term care system in Ontario must be fixed," said Premier Ford. "The report from the Canadian Armed Forces on these five long-term care homes is extremely troubling. Our government will take immediate action to investigate the concerns raised by the Canadian Armed Forces to ensure the safety of our residents in these five long-term care homes and in homes across the province."
On April 22, the Ontario government formally requested assistance from the federal government in the form of the Canadian Armed Forces to support five long-term care homes that were in crisis. These homes were amongst the hardest hit in Ontario with COVID-19 outbreaks and had significant challenges that could not be rectified through various efforts. Those challenges included: staffing, infection prevention and control, resident safety, food preparation and janitorial services.
On May 10, the Canadian Armed Forces reported 15 out of 20 categories being in high-risk. As of May 25, based on the Canadian Armed Forces assessment, 13 of these 15 categories were no longer considered high-risk.
The Ontario government is once again calling on the federal government and the Canadian Armed Forces to extend their current mission for at least an additional 30 days.
"Thank you to the brave women and men in our Canadian Armed Forces who have helped immensely to stabilize our hardest hit long-term care homes," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. "We are continuing to take action to ensure our most vulnerable people living in our long-term care homes receive safe and quality care."
The government has already begun an active investigation based on the Canadian Armed Forces report. To date, one death has been referred to the Office of the Chief Coroner for investigation. In addition to continued regular inspections, the Ministry of Long-Term Care Inspections Branch will immediately investigate specific critical incidents referred to in the report.
In addition, the government recently announced it will be launching an independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system beginning in September. The government also continues to work with hospital partners to assist long-term care homes across the province with clinical, infection prevention and control, and other supports ...
reverse_engineer said:I hope their mental health is closely monitored now, and in the future. Sounds like a lot of trauma and moral issues to be faced there. I also hope that down the line, they are recognized and compensated for their difficult, operational work.
reverse_engineer said:Are paramedics in Ontario not already fairly well-compensated?
reverse_engineer said:I'm glad our personnel are there now looking out for the residents. I hope their mental health is closely monitored now, and in the future. Sounds like a lot of trauma and moral issues to be faced there. I also hope that down the line, they are recognized and compensated for their difficult, operational work.
Colin P said:Likely the military will come out of this in a very good light, being a professional and impartial observer/intervenor.
1000% - and like veterans' pensions, if there was an easy and relatively cheap solution, it would already have been done by someone, no matter what party. That suggests to me it's hard and/or expensive to deal with.MilEME09 said:The kicker is, this was not an over night problem, this has been systemic failures by multiple governments at the provincial level, but I feel we need a full inquiry to address the issues not only in long term care homes but how these and other facilities look after seniors.
That would help, but that may be the tricky part, given provinces control health care (even though it's funded by the feds via transfers). Still, some minimal standards may be able to be set, but if the guys above say standard x has to be met, the first question from the guys having to meet the standard is "how much we getting to reach that standard?" Again, that'll be the case no matter what parties are involved federally & provincially.MilEME09 said:... I firmly believe that the feds need to look how bad it is all across Canada, and if new laws are needed to protect seniors then they need to be written quickly ...
And here it is in French, downloaded from the QC gov't page, so feel free to share if you like - here's the Google English version of one French-language media outlet's initial take.211RadOp said:A report on Quebec CHSDLs will be released today evidently.
That's part of it. There have also been non-profit organizations who have trouble maintaining staffing and training levels, so another part of the solution is how much government is willing to pay for LTC.Teager said:... that just points to a small issue of many and obviously the greed of these private homes needs to change and staffing levels need to be increased with proper compensation for the job ...
milnews.ca said:That's part of it. There have also been non-profit organizations who have trouble maintaining staffing and training levels, so another part of the solution is how much government is willing to pay for LTC.
Teager said:In terms of pay for a lot of government LTC homes the pay rates are way better than private most likely because they are unionized.
May 24, 2020
Union launches nationwide appeal for long-term care reform in wake of COVID-19
Campaign calls for national standards of care and end to privately owned facilities
Yup - and less staff means those who are there are worked harder, the chances of mistakes increases and more potential staff turnover from burnout. Lotsa threads to weave to find a solution.Teager said:... Staff still lacks tho which would mean more $.
milnews.ca said:... with said hammers hitting the top levels of the businesses and not just some chosen scapegoats further down the org charts.
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