Lengthy-term care homes deemed to be larger danger bear extra stringent inspections by the province, however the homes’ danger degree relies upon partially on whether or not they self-report severe incidents, the inquiry into long-term care homes heard Tuesday at the Elgin County courthouse in St. Thomas.
Philip Moorman, who works in long-term care inspections with the Ontario Ministry of Well being and Lengthy-Time period Care, testified that the thought was to maintain a better eye on homes with recurring issues.
“The premise is that should you perceive which homes are poor or are danger, then you may take motion to mitigate,” Moorman stated.
However inquiry lawyer Megan Stephens pressed Moorman about whether or not this technique implies that homes may fly under the radar by being ranked low danger, and by no means present process extra stringent inspections. She additionally advised the specter of being positioned in a better danger class may disincentivize homes from reporting points.
Moorman stated he did not have data to assist whether or not that could be the case.
“There is a requirement to report and if they do not report, there could be a discovering of noncompliance, then it will probably result in an order, which I believe is kind of an incentive to report, I’d suppose,” he stated.
The ministry’s new inspection system was applied in 2010 and meant to introduce complete annual inspections at the homes. Karen Simpson, former director of the ministry’s long-term care inspections department, testified that the extent of scrutiny depended on homes self-reporting important incidents.
Simpson stated some important incidents at the Caressant Care dwelling in Woodstock, Ont., the place nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer killed seven sufferers in her care, weren’t reported to the ministry in a well timed means, making it arduous for inspectors to note a pattern.
After wrapping up testimony associated to long-term care homes, the inquiry can be anticipated to listen to this week from those that oversee in-home care supply. After quitting her job at Meadow Park nursing dwelling in London, Ont., Wettlaufer labored for a temp company the place she tried to kill others with insulin overdoses.
Wettlaufer labored at three Ontario nursing homes earlier than she confessed to killing eight sufferers in her care and making an attempt to kill or hurt six others between 2007 and 2016: Caressant Care in Woodstock, Meadow Park in London and Telfer Place in Paris.
Wettlaufer, 51, was sentenced in June 2017 to eight concurrent life phrases in jail.
The inquiry started in June and runs till September.