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Keeping the focus on personal care homes

'Yesterday, May 27th, I kept the focus on personal care homes with my Member's Statement and my questions in the Manitoba Legislature.  The issue continues to be very important.  Extensive problems in personal care homes in Ontario were highlighted in a report released May 26th by the Canadian Armed Forces based on their experience in five personal care homes in that province.  My Member's Statement is below: 

Member's Statement: Personal Care Homes - Quality of Care issues and need for Rapid Response Team

Yesterday, the Canadian Armed Forces report on Ontario Long term care homes was released.  Its contents are shocking and concerning.

It is apparent there was a major failure of oversight by the Ontario government.  Some of the inadequate conditions, operations and staffing of personal care homes had been occurring for many months, perhaps years.   We also hear that there were inadequate provincial inspections and oversight of personal care homes in Ontario.  It is a wake-up call for Manitoba where we have had reports of problems in some of Manitoba’s personal care homes over the last number of years.   It is imperative that there are adequate inspections and oversight in Manitoba.   It would also be highly desirable and timely to have an independent report on the staffing levels and quality of care in Manitoba’s personal care homes.  

As well, there was a failure of the Ontario government to develop a rapid response team to move in to a home when an outbreak occurred.    When a COVID-19 infection happens in a personal care home, many of the staff will may have been in contact with the affected person.  Such staff need to isolate or quarantine.  This can suddenly leave the personal care home drastically short of staff at the very time of the emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  It is critical that there be a provincial rapid response team to address the staffing shortfall, to ensure highly trained personnel are present at the time of the outbreak and to make sure that such personnel are trained in the care of elderly individuals with dementia as well as in carrying out critical protocols with respect to infection control.  There also needs to be protocols in place in all personal care homes with rooms with more than one resident to ensure single isolation rooms are available when an outbreak occurs. 

Thank you.  Merci.  Meegwich.




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  1. I worked as an LPN in nursing homes for 10 years. It was very demanding work. Long Term Care has been a neglected part of the health care system. It's great to see this coming to light. Keep up the good work Dr. Gerrard. You are a very good man.

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