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Reduction in annual long-term care inspections left residents vulnerable

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

A steep drop in comprehensive inspections at long-term care homes left gaps in knowledge about infection control and emergency preparedness leading up to the pandemic, the Ontario Long-term Care Commission said on Friday. The Commission recommended the Ministry of Long-term Care reintroduce annual Residents Quality Inspections for all long-term care homes as part of its second set of interim recommendations.

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Why would you leave a 104-year-old in a room with a COVID-positive person

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa woman is looking for answers after her 104-year-old mother was left in her room at Extendicare Starwood nursing home in Ottawa for 48 hours with a COVID-positive roommate. The following week, the 104-year-old tested positive for COVID-19.

Bias and lack of action setting the stage for a second disaster in long-term care: experts

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

The second wave of COVID-19 in Ontario long-term care homes could be worst than the first if urgent action isn’t taken, a leading geriatrician and the head of the Registered Nurses Association warned on Friday.

Revera’s information on Maples care home of Winnipeg was ‘less than accurate’ during the weekend crisis

CBC News, Manitoba

Only seven of the 19 scheduled health care aides were present at the Maples home from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The other pandemic: The mental health toll on long-term care workers