Ontario Taking Action on Key Recommendations from Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System

Ministry of Long-Term Care

Today, the Minister of Long-Term Care, was at The Village of Tansley Woods to announce the government and the sector have completed a total of 18 recommendations in response to the key recommendations in the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System, including a directive from the Minister to long-term care homes on safe medication management.

Fulfilling several recommendations on medication safety, the Minister has issued a directive to the sector regarding glucagon, severe hypoglycemia and unresponsive hypoglycemia.The directive puts in place best practices for safe insulin policies, including clear expectations on training for and reporting of insulin-related medication incidents.

Joined by experts from across various sectors, the Minister also announced the launch of a staffing study, which will inform a comprehensive staffing strategy to be implemented by the end of 2020. One component of the staffing study will explore determining adequate levels of staff in long-term care, specifically addressing a key recommendation in the Public Inquiry.

The study will also look at other staffing issues in long-term care, including identifying the right staffing model and skill mix to support current and future needs and optimizing recruitment and retention of personal support workers and registered staff.

The study will be led by an expert advisory group, who will meet with leaders in the long-term care sector including representatives from major stakeholder groups and care staff professional associations.