Saturday, November 9, 2013

Reports on long-term care homes: check them out

While most LTC are places that do their best providing group care in an institutional setting, they are not all of the same quality. You can visit Nursing Home Ratings, usually you can take such sites at face value. As with such sites, a few people with private issues, can sway the impression of a person or place. This particular LTC seems pretty bad. It give the whole service industry a bad name. You should be aware of food handling issues, as well. Another indicator of quality homes.

Here is a recent example...

Senior dies in nursing-home homicide

TORONTO – Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
Francisco DaSilva, 87, is dead and another resident is in police custody after incident at Castleview Wychwood Towers Saturday morning. Francesco Greco, 81, a fellow resident of the home has been charged with second-degree murder and now in police custody. Last year, a worker at the home, Leonid Kozlov, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a resident. 

 Before you choose a home, and put it on your wish list, do visit the Reports on Long-Term Care Homes page. Click at bottom of page: View Reports on Long-Term Care Homes / Locate a Home. Then click on find by map, location, postal code, or home name.
May report

For example, visit Castleview Wychwood Towers, find the  bar, then download the report: e.g., May 27, 2013

Here is just one aspect of the act that outlines standards:

This home clearly has huge issues, with filthy, soiled call bells, dirty dining room chairs, dirt and debris on the floors, and damaged floors and walls. It is beyond me why they wouldn't shut it down and move the residents, at the expense of the owners. This is where the system fails us.
They receive government funding, and have no standards that would meet baseline requirement.

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