CARE-WATCH Dec 19, 2020: Long Term Care News


The provinces that don’t choose to give their seniors the highest level of standards will be asked questions on that by the folks who are sending their moms and dads into those senior centres. And it will become a difficult answer for them to give.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Alberta has a total of 176 long-term care homes; 47% are publicly owned, 25% are owned by private for-profit organizations and 28% are owned by private not-for-profit organizations.


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Canada News:

Majority of Manitobans ‘Do Not Trust’ Private, For-Profit Companies Running Long-Term Care Homes

Two-thirds of Manitobans say they want to replace private, for-profit nursing homes with public, non-profit management

Manitobans are growing unhappy with private sector companies managing the province’s long-term care homes.

Two-thirds of Manitobans want to see the government or non-profit agencies take greater control over the management of long-term care homes, according to new polling data from Probe Research that was commissioned by CUPE Manitoba.

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Ontario announces investment to support four-hour care standard in long-term care

The Ontario government has released its funding plan to meet an average four-hour care standard commitment in long-term care homes across the province.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Premier Doug Ford said the province would be committing to $1.9 billion in funding annually by 2024-25 to create more than 27,000 new positions in the industry, including personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses.

Ford also said the government would be providing a 20 per cent increase in direct care time administered by other health-care professionals.

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Routine surveillance for COVID-19 expected to give added protection to long term care facilities

A trio of personal care homes in Manitoba are getting an added layer of protection in the fight against COVID-19.

Three sites, including Winnipeg’s Deer Lodge Centre, are being sent Abbott Panbio COVID-19 antigen tests.

“It’s a rapid test that we get the results back in 20 minutes,” said Kevin Scott, chief operating officer at Deer Lodge Centre. “It’s really that extra measure for us to be able to keep our patients and residents safe.”

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World News

A ‘debacle’ — AARP slams entire nursing home establishment

They knew.

The people in power knew, nine months ago, in March, that COVID-19 was almost uniquely lethal to the elderly.

Yet here we are, nine months later, and the carnage among our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, and elderly friends has been on a scale that’s hard to believe.

Just 0.4% of our fellow citizens live in nursing homes. But they have accounted for a staggering 26% of all Covid deaths. Total nursing home deaths involving Covid-19: At least 72,000, according to the federal government.

It’s one thing to fail to control a contagious virus in a general population. But failing to protect the elderly in institutions that are specifically designed to house and protect them is unconscionable.

And now the AARP, the interest group for Americans 50 and older, has weighed in — and has slammed almost the entire nursing home establishment for this year’s horrific carnage.

Federal bureaucrats, greedy managers, and stupid lawmakers all have to share the blame, the AARP says in devastating takedown.

Scandal No. 1? Probably the failure to roll out mandatory testing.

“The single greatest error of America’s response to the pandemic in nursing homes, most agree, was the failure to provide early and vast access to virus testing for residents and staff,” reports the AARP. “Without testing, nursing home staff focused on isolating residents who showed symptoms of the virus, while asymptomatic residents and staff continued to spread the virus throughout the facilities.”

Not until September did the federal government require nursing homes to test all residents for the disease. September. By then, a huge amount of damage had been done.

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BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta.  It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE