Crisis in NURSING homes: minimum standards exist

Crise en CHSLD: des normes minimales existent

The accommodation centres, and long-term care, NURSING homes, are especially the headlines in recent weeks because they concentrate many cases of outbreaks of COVID-19. If the working conditions may vary between public and private, the conditions of life of the residents must meet certain standards, regardless of the status of the institution.

There are different types of accommodation for seniors

The services offered by the accommodations vary mainly according to the level of autonomy of seniors. Some are private and others public, that is to say, managed by the provincial government.

  • In private seniors ‘ residences (RPI) welcome seniors usually autonomous or semi-autonomous. They are managed by private companies and do not receive funding from the government.
  • Intermediate resources (IR) or family-type support services available to seniors, semi-autonomous, or in loss of autonomy : for example, supervised apartment or group homes. They are under the responsibility of the government.
  • The accommodation centres, and long-term care (CHSLD) provide services to adults who have a great loss of autonomy.
  • Some are public and others private.

How to monitor the quality of services in NURSING homes ?

All NURSING homes must adhere to standards of safety and quality of care for authorization to operate their establishment. They must renew this permission every 4 or 5 years depending on the type of CHSLD, showing again that they meet minimum standards. The government performs on the occasion of the visits to ensure the quality of the services offered.

Each ltc facility must also establish a committee of users. This committee is responsible for informing residents of their rights, defend their interests and try to improve the quality of services.

The current crisis highlights a number of issues that compromise the quality of services in several NURSING homes, such as the lack of staff and the inequality of wages between NURSING homes. Changes, however, are to be expected. The government of Quebec has stated, inter alia, that he had in mind to standardize the framing of the CHSLD and the working conditions of employees.

A CHSLD, what is it exactly ?

NURSING homes offer comprehensive medical care and support services and monitoring to adults who can no longer live by themselves, despite the support of their entourage. There are three types of NURSING homes :

  • CHSLD publics : they are managed and funded by the government.
  • CHSLD private institutes : they are managed by private companies in collaboration with the government and are fully funded by the government. The services offered and the working conditions are identical to those of the CHSLD public.
  • CHSLD private non-subsidized : they are managed by private companies and do not receive any government funding. They have their own operation and eligibility requirements, and do not have the same requirements as to conditions of work of their employees.

Crise en CHSLD: des normes minimales existent

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