Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ontario Health Minister will not require minimum care standards for nursing home patients

Ontario's health minister will not impose a minimum level of care for nearly 75,000 seniors living in long-term care homes, disappointing critics who called on him to mandate at least 3.5 hours of care per day.  "The number alone is not the answer to the quality and outcome that we seek," George Smitherman said yesterday as he released a long-awaited report into improving care in the sector. "This approach is more sophisticated than the number alone."  The report makes 11 recommendations, including increased staffing, developing tools to measure the quality of care and adding more consultation among caregivers.n  "I'm not in a position to commit today to moving to a four-hour mark," he said. "I don't have it in my budget. So it's a moot point."

Source/more:  Ottawa Citizen, http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=1fb68e22-cd37-4c87-949f-66f9d97e5709

Full report:  http://health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/ministry_reports/staff_care_standards/staff_care_standards.html

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