CARE-WATCH Oct 24, 2020:Long Term Care News

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Right now, a for-profit long-term-care home’s number one objective is to make a profit, and they are very good at it. They make hundreds of millions, sometimes billions of dollars, in profit. There’s nothing wrong with making money, but not on the backs of frail, elderly people in our long-term-care homes.

France Gélinas Nickel Belt MPP
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Canadian News:

85% of Ont. nursing homes break the law repeatedly with almost no consequences, data analysis shows

Hidden camera reveals staff hitting, yelling at resident in nursing home with repeat abuse offenses

When Von took his mother out of his home and placed her in Craiglee Nursing Home in Scarborough, Ont., he and his wife, Mary, thought they were doing what was best for her.

But instead of loving care, Von’s mother, Kostadinka, was met with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of at least four different care workers, caught on a camera they had hidden in her room.

“It was like a horror film,” said Mary. “I will never be able to unsee those things.”

What they didn’t know at the time was that the home had a long and repeated history of staff physically abusing the residents. They didn’t know — but the government did.

A data analysis of the most serious breaches of Ontario’s long-term care home safety legislation reveals that six in seven care homes are repeat offenders, and there are virtually no consequences for homes that break that law repeatedly.

CBC Marketplace reviewed 10,000 inspection reports and found over 30,000 “written notices,” or violations of the Long-Term Care Homes Act and Regulations (LTCHA), between 2015 and 2019 inclusive. The LTCHA sets out minimum safety standards that every care home in Ontario must meet.

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World News

We’ve investigated aged care for the past three years. These are the stories that shocked us

It was billed as the “opportunity of a lifetime”.

And as senior counsel assisting said in the final hearings of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Royal Commission last week, it is “the most in-depth and thorough examination of Australia’s aged care systems that has ever been undertaken”.

The QCs have presented more than 120 recommendations detailing massive reform, including a new Aged Care Act; a star rating system allowing families to compare nursing homes for quality and safety that would also show any reports of abuse and neglect; and new staffing requirements with more nurses and specialist care for dementia and palliative patients.

Of course, none of these recommendations are guaranteed to be taken up by commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs for their final report.

But the reforms include many of the issues the ABC has also investigated over the past two-and-a-half years, from the time we launched our crowdsourced investigation in April 2018 asking families, staff and insiders to share their experiences with us.

The surprise announcement of the aged care royal commission was made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison the day before Four Corners aired the first of our two-part series using the collected stories.

Today, we take a look back at some of those disturbing stories and consider what could change if the reforms being proposed go ahead

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