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Quality of nursing homes varies widely, report reveals

Falls, loss of mobility, overuse of drugs top areas of concern for elderly care

Maria Cook, The Ottawa Citizen

A new report on nursing homes in Canada has found “potentially serious quality problems” in some homes related to issues such as falls, loss of mobility and overuse of drugs. The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) looked at eight indicators of care, including depression, pain, behaviour, incontinence, and pressure ulcers. It found quality varies widely between homes. “The results reveal that while some homes do better than others, no single home or jurisdiction performs well on all of the selected indicators,” says the report, titled When a Nursing Home is Home: How do Canadian Nursing Homes Measure Up on Quality? The full report is at www.cihi.ca.

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