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Ontario Ensuring Quality Care at Long-Term Care Homes

August 12, 2016

Ontario is investing additional resources to further enhance the quality of care at long-term care homes and to ensure that homes are safe and accountable by continuing to mandate annual resident quality inspections in every home, while strengthening the long-term care home inspection program.

The province is updating its rigorous inspection framework to include:

Inspection reports from all long-term care home are searchable online. These reports include the purpose of the inspection, the intensity and type (including length, number of inspectors and Resident Quality Inspections), dates and any findings of non-compliance. Upcoming improvements to online inspection reports will include a comparison of an individual home’s inspection outcome against provincial averages.

Inspection Reports have been publicly posted since July 1, 2010, when the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, was brought into force. There are currently over 14,500 Inspection Reports posted.

Supporting high-quality care at long-term care homes is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

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