ONTARIO AUDITOR-GENERAL'S REPORT ON LONG-TERM CONTAINS ''NO SURPRISES''
Apr 28, 2021
By Bob Komsic
Vaccines have saved Ontario’s 626 nursing homes from the pandemic for now, however, residents remain vulnerable because of poor infection prevention, crowding, inadequate staffing and inspections.
That from Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk in her just released report, in which she says mistakes early on in the pandemic included moving elderly, non-acute patients in hospitals to nursing homes at higher than usual rates.
She also says restrictions on visitors such as family members, eliminated a valuable source of resident care providers.
”With the arrival of vaccines, the number of COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths have been significantly reduced in the long-term care homes, but the long-standing systemic issues that place residents at risk remain to be addressed,” according to Lysyk.
The auditor general makes 16 recommendations including more speedy renovations to eliminate three and four-bedroom wards where the virus spread so quickly.
Meanwhile, a report on the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care homes is expected Friday from the commission appointed by the province last summer.