February 6, 2015
Ontario is increasing support for long-term care home operators to help ensure residents are safe and receiving high-quality care. The government is also marking the completion of comprehensive inspections in long-term care homes across the province.
Over the next 10 years, under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy, the province will help long-term care home operators redevelop approximately 300 older homes to bring them up to the highest design standards.
The enhancements will benefit seniors by:
Redevelopment projects will include upgrades like improving accessibility with greater wheelchair access and modernizing design to create a home-like environment.
Ontario has also completed comprehensive inspections of all 629 long-term care homes in the province. These rigorous inspections included interviews with residents and their families as well as staff; direct observations of how care is being delivered; and a thorough review of records such as individual care plans and progress reports. Completed reports are posted online.
Protecting residents by improving their quality of care supports Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“Long-term care homes are not just facilities â€“ they are peoples’ homes. It is vital that they remain up to date to provide residents with secure, safe and comfortable surroundings. Conducting rigorous inspections also puts residents first, ensuring they receive the highest standard of care.”
— Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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