search
top

Ontario health ministry keeps secret list of high risk long-term care homes

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Numerous Ottawa long-term care homes could be on a secret government list of facilities considered “medium risk” or “high risk” but it’s impossible to know how many or which homes, because the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is staying quiet. Ontario rates long-term care homes by risk, with about 90 per cent considered low risk. In the past year, it has revised its system of inspecting long-term care homes to focus greater attention on those it classifies as high or medium risk. A home’s risk level is determined by its record for complying with, or violating, the provincially mandated rules that govern long-term care. Despite pressure from the provincial auditor general to “provide the public with better information for decision-making on long-term care homes,” the ministry has refused to release information about which of Ottawa’s 27 long-term care homes are considered high or medium risk, saying it plans to make more information available online so people can compare the performance of long-term care homes. It has not said when that will be.

Read the rest here:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ontario-health-ministry-keeps-secret-list-of-high-risk-long-term-care-homes

Note: In Elizabeth Payne’s article, reference is made to more files from Drake Fenton. The following two published reports by Drake Fenton can help caregivers researching long-term care options determine the risk level of Ottawa’s care homes.

December 19, 2017

At least 17 people have died in Ottawa long-term care homes since 2012

Drake Fenton, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Sun

At least 17 people have died in Ottawa long-term care homes since 2012, with the care they received before their deaths leading to findings of non-compliance with provincial legislation, an investigation by this newspaper reveals. On Monday, this paper documented how there have been 163 reported cases of abuse and 2,033 instances of non-compliance since 2012 at Ottawa’s 27 long-term care facilities. This newspaper gleaned its data from reviewing thousands of pages of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care inspection reports. A facility can be found non-compliant for different reasons. Some are minor, such as a failure to offer a resident a snack. Some can be serious, even when no resident is harmed, such as leaving an exit door unlocked. And some are very serious, such as cases involving abuse and death. The following is a breakdown of the 17 deaths uncovered by this newspaper’s examination of ministry documents. 

Read the rest here:

http://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/17-deaths-in-ottawa-long-term-care-homes-led-to-provincial-citations/wcm/c68c9fef-2191-4974-b92b-265f61b42ff8

December 18, 2017

Exclusive: Ottawa nursing homes have seen at least 163 cases of abuse since 2012

Drake Fenton, The Ottawa Citizen

Note: At the end of this report, readers can view a list compiled after The Citizen’s review of Ministry of Health and Long-term Care inspection reports that reveals the number of times Ottawa homes have been found non-compliant with provincial legislation governing long-term care since 2012. The list highlights the total number of incidents of non-compliance for each long-term care facility.

Every one of Ottawa’s 27 long-term care homes, which house some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, has been the site of either violence, sexual abuse or death resulting from improper care, an investigation by this newspaper reveals. Since 2012, there have been at least 163 cases of reported resident abuse — either physical, sexual or verbal — and at least 17 deaths that have led to a home being found non-compliant with provincial legislation governing long-term care.  During that same period, there were a total of 2,033 instances of non-compliance at Ottawa long-term care homes. A facility can be found non-compliant for any of a litany of reasons. Some are relatively minor, such as a failure to offer a resident a snack. Some can be serious, even when no resident is harmed, such as leaving an exit door unlocked. And some are very serious, such as cases involving abuse and death. This newspaper’s data is the result of an examination of more than 8,500 pages of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care inspection reports. Inspection reports published between 2012 to 2016, along with all available reports from 2017, were reviewed. The data shows a clear, upward trend in non-compliance since 2012. There were 141 instances of non-compliance across the city in 2012 and each year the number has risen, culminating in a 265 per cent increase over a five-year period. There were 516 non-compliance citations in 2016. There have already been 400 citations in 2017, though many reports have yet to be filed. Cases of reported abuse follow a slightly different trend, with the numbers remaining relatively flat before spiking in 2015 and 2016. There were 66 cases in 2016 and only 12 cases in 2012. (There have already been 33 reported cases in 2017.)

Read the rest here:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/more-than-2000-cases-of-non-compliance-and-163-cases-of-abuse-at-ottawa-long-term-care-homes

top