CARE-WATCH Dec 5, 2020: Long Term Care News


Parkside Extendicare said that 50 residents of the home had tested positive with four in hospital.  The number of people with COVID-19 has now grown to 90 with over 30 staff also being infected.  Three people are still in hospital and it is believed three people have died. This is the largest outbreak at a seniors home in Saskatchewan.

Mitchell Blair 620 CKRM The Source
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  • Second wave Alberta: COVID-19 cuts another swath through continuing care homes
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Canada News:

Long-Term Care Lobbyists Are Pushing Doug Ford To Loosen Criminal Record Check Rules For Care Providers

Experts say push to remove so-called ’red tape’ only makes it easier to hire LTC workers on short-term precarious contracts

Some of Ontario’s top long-term care home companies are pushing Ontario’s government to allow them to replace qualified healthcare workers with more precarious staff who aren’t subject to annual background checks.

According to the office of Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner, the Ontario Long-term Care Association is currently lobbying Doug Ford’s government “requesting changes to the Long Term Care Homes Act to reduce red tape and unleash capacity within the sector, as specified in the Association’s October 2019 Red Tape Reduction submission to government.”

OLTCA is a lobby group that describes itself as the “voice” of Ontario’s LTC sector. The group’s board of directors is dominated by names from the province’s private, for-profit LTC companies, including Sienna, Chartwell, Revera and Extendicare.

The OLTCA’s document calls on the Ford government to change requirements that, among other things, new hires complete a “Vulnerable Sector Screening” six months prior to being hired to a full year:

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World News

Nursing homes to get first COVID vaccinations in Sweden

Around 600,000 residents of nursing homes for the elderly as well as staff and residents’ relatives will be the first in Sweden to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the government said on Friday.

Sweden has signed up to receive five of the six vaccines to be purchased through the European Union’s common procurement scheme; the first, from Pfizer and BioNTech’s, could be approved by the European Medicines Agency in late December.

“First, we need to protect the most vulnerable, then vaccinate the whole population so the pandemic slows and then is stopped,” Johan Carlson, head of the Public Health Agency, told a news conference.

Sweden has imposed some of the least stringent social and economic restrictions in Western Europe to tackle the pandemic. Its infection rate and mortality rate are substantially higher than those of its Nordic neighbours, although lower than those of several European countries that opted for lockdowns.

A large percentage of deaths in Sweden have occurred at nursing homes, and authorities have been heavily criticised for failing to protect the most vulnerable.

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