There is no record of the unlicensed, private-market residential care facilities, which have no supportive living accommodation or continuing care health service standards to meet. Because there is no oversight, inspections or reporting, COVID-19 infections and deaths are not reported with the long term care or Designated Supportive Living statistics.
These facilities are not subsidized with public funds, and therefore neither residents nor staff were among the priority vaccinations group; although apparently they do receive publicly funded emergency support when an outbreak is noted.
I’ve put together some information about these under-the-radar private for-profit facilities as, in my opinion, the most significant indication of eldercare concerns I’ve noted in the past week.
Nine residents at the Churchill Manor retirement home, where there is still an outbreak of a COVID-19 variant, have now died as a result of the disease, with five more deaths reported since Friday.
On Sunday, there were 49 active COVID-19 cases at the home and 11 residents had recovered.
Churchill Manor is the site of Alberta’s first outbreak of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the United Kingdom, at a retirement home.
Family members of a senior living at an Edmonton retirement home are voicing concerns after it became the site of Alberta’s first outbreak involving a COVID-19 variant.
Alberta Health said Wednesday a case was identified at Churchill Manor on Friday. As of Thursday, 36 staff and residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Atria Retirement, the company that runs the home, said.
“Alberta Health Services visited the community to conduct rapid testing for all of our residents and staff,” Atria Retirement president Kristy Grange said Wednesday.