SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES AND COVID TO BLAME FOR AIR CONDITIONING SHORTAGES AT LTC HOMES

Jul 21, 2022

By Steve Kee

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As temperatures have soared this week across much of the province, Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for several regions on some days.

But for some seniors in long-term care homes in the province, they still don’t have appropriate air conditioning to deal with the heat.

Confirming what his staff members said earlier this week, today Ontario’s long-term care minister says supply chain issues and COVID-19 outbreaks are hampering efforts to install air conditioning in all resident rooms.

Paul Calandra says the province is following up with long-term care homes that have failed to meet a government deadline 90 homes have yet to become fully air-conditioned.

Legislation passed last year required that homes install air conditioning in all resident rooms by June 22 of this year.

A spokesperson for the ministry says 537 of the province’s 627 long-term care homes were fully air-conditioned as of Tuesday.

The ministry could not say how many residents are affected.

 

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