October 26, 2021
Lisa Levin, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, released the following statement on the Ontario government’s new inspections program for long-term care
“The vast majority of homes – particularly our members, which are comprised of non-profits, municipal and charitable homes – want to do everything possible to protect seniors and provide high quality care. That said, there is no doubt there are some bad actors in the sector. Tough measures are necessary to deal with them immediately.
As for the rest of the sector - we are in the middle of a staffing crisis in long-term care. More inspectors and tougher inspections will not have the intended impact if there are not enough staff and funding to take care of residents. Introducing this new enforcement regime without the proper staff in place seriously risks destabilizing homes further. It will drive well-intentioned staff, management and volunteer boards out.
The bottom line is we all want to make care better for seniors in long-term care. Bad actors should be punished now. For the rest of the sector, we are calling for a transition period that will prioritize staffing and education. We need more staffing and more information about the new rules to properly prepare for the new regime. If inspections and punishment come before education and staffing, there is a risk the rest of the system will crash. It is critical that homes be given time and resources to hire additional front-line health care staff and fully understand the new requirements.”
About AdvantAge Ontario
AdvantAge Ontario has been the trusted voice for senior care for over 100 years and is the only provincial association representing the full spectrum of the senior care continuum. Our more than 400 members are located across the province and include not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal long-term care homes, seniors’ housing, assisted living in supportive housing and community service agencies.
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