Ontario issues rare order to Ottawa to improve failing long-term care homes

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

The City of Ottawa has been slapped with an “unheard of” blanket order from the province to improve safety and care at three of its four long-term care homes following a string of incidents, including the repeated punching of one resident by a caregiver and head injuries suffered by another resident that were later covered up. The “director referral order” from the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, is something rarely issued in Ontario and only in cases where there is a chronic history of non-compliance, which has been the case in Ottawa.

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