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Report: Big problems in Ontario nursing homes

By May 17, 2012 No Comments

The province of Ontario faces a big staffing problem in its nursing homes.

A new report from an industry group says more highly trained workers are needed to “handle patients with complex needs and ensure the safety of both residents and staff.”

The investigation and subsequent report were responses to the widespread media reports of abuse and neglect in Ontario facilities last year. The report includes 18 recommendations, including “several calling for government action and funding.”

Health Minister Deb Matthews said Ontario would “work very closely” with the report, but she wouldn’t commit to implementing the recommendations, many of which would involved additional funding, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Some recommendations from the report include:

– Forming a committee that includes management, staff, residents and family members in each facility to identify and discuss problems;

– Addressing work-life issues to improve staff morale and help boost recruitment;

– Educating residents and families on topics related to preventing abuse and neglect;

– Creating “coaching teams” to assist nursing homes with consistently poor performance;

– Streamlining reporting requirements that divert attention from direct patient care;

– And publicly reporting on any changes brought about by the report every six months for three years.

Understaffing is a real problem not only in Canada, but here in the United States. Take action if a care facility has caused injury to your loved one due to its negligence.  For a free initial consultation, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or toll free at (877) 552-2873 today.