Ten of 26 long-term care homes rated as “improvement required”

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ten of 26 long-term care homes in Ottawa are rated as “improvement required,” according to the risk assessment tool. That could indicate the province has identified areas of concern or that there are “increasing numbers of complaints and incidents where residents are harmed or at risk of harm.” The ranking could also indicate the home has recently improved and is still being monitored. The performance levels do not specify exact concerns, but inspection reports are also available. The remaining 16 Ottawa homes are considered in good standing, according to the ranking system, and none are ranked high risk. Public access to the information has been a long time coming. The province initially refused to release risk information about Ottawa long-term care homes when asked to by this newspaper last year. At the time, it said it was reworking its system to make it easier for members of the public to get the information and compare the performance of long-term care homes.

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