Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ontario's Ombudsman & LTC

What people fail to understand is that ALL long-term care (LTC) homes have government funding. The difference is, as an example, between paying for a private room, vs. being in a room with someone else. People confuse 'high end' LTC with retirement homes. There is no high end LTC. It is an institution, where we place those unable to care for themselves physically.

The Globe, in a huge report last year, said that 500 out of 600 or so LTC facilities in Canada are for-profit institutions. Not even Transfer Payment Agencies, with a Board of Directors that have some oversight.

Leisureworld, for example, continues to give out monthly dividends to shareholders. They are small, but they are making money over fairly ill seniors. They food is disgusting, salads and fresh fruit scarce.





Ont. long-term care lacks oversight: watchdog

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM ET 

Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin says he is cautiously optimistic the province's Long-Term Care Act will deal with many of the problems uncovered in his investigation.Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin says he is cautiously optimistic the province's Long-Term Care Act will deal with many of the problems uncovered in his investigation. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)
Ontario's inspection of long-term care homes, where 75,000 people live, is afflicted with "serious, systemic problems," ombudsman Andre Marin reported Tuesday.
Marin began an investigation of the 616 long-term care homes after The Canadian Press reported three-quarters of them consistently failed to meet the province's 450 standards of care.
The ombudsman received 100 complaints before he started his probe in July 2008 but got another 450 during the investigation

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