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Ontario Launches New Performance Tool on Long-Term Care Homes

Province Increasing Transparency in Long-Term Care for Families

April 13, 2018

Ontario is making long-term care homes more transparent for families across the province.

Starting today, a new tool will help families easily find the performance levels for Ontario’s 627 long-term care homes online. Each year, long-term care homes are inspected to ensure they meet quality and safety standards and requirements, and these results are used to determine a home’s performance level. Inspection reports and the accreditation status of each long-term care home have already been available online as part of the province’s commitment to openness and transparency in the long-term care sector.

Ontario is also introducing new enforcement tools, including financial penalties, to help ensure long-term care homes are addressing recurring and critical concerns in a timely manner. These new tools build on the province’s enhanced Resident Quality Inspection Strategy introduced in fall 2016.

Announced as part of the 2018 Budget, Ontario is building 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022, and more than 30,000 over the next decade. The province is also hiring 628 more nurses in long-term care homes across the province – part of a commitment to provide 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support, and therapeutic care for long-term care residents. In addition, 30,000 long-term care beds in 300 existing homes across the province are being redeveloped, eliminating all four-bed wards.

Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation

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“Ontario is committed to improving our long-term care system by providing strong, compassionate and high-quality care. As part of this strategy, the performance tool will help make long-term care homes more transparent for families and their loved ones.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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