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Caressant Care In Lindsay Enters Into Voluntary Management Contract With Ross Memorial Hospital

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ministry of Long-Term Care has approved a new Voluntary Management Contract that allows The Ross Memorial Hospital to provide enhanced support to Caressant Care on McLaughlin Road, a long-term care home in Lindsay.

This arrangement will help address the current spread of COVID-19 in the home, help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations according to the province. A Coronavirus outbreak was declared at the facility on January 9th. 17 residents have died from the virus and more than 60 cases have been reported.

“Protecting our long-term care residents is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I thank the dedicated staff at The Ross Memorial Hospital and Caressant Care on McLaughlin Road for working together to stop the COVID-19 outbreak in this long-term care home.”

During these unprecedented times, the province is using every tool available to keep Ontarians safe. Management contracts are one example of the measures Ontario has taken on behalf of long-term care residents and staff. Ongoing measures include emergency funding, regulatory flexibility, staffing support, expanded testing, along with direction and guidance on outbreak management, and infection prevention and control.

Where the Ministry of Long-Term Care identifies a home in need of support, the home may agree to bring in a third party, such as a hospital or management company, to provide assistance under a Voluntary Management Contract.

In other cases, the ministry may issue a Mandatory Management Order that requires the long-term care home to retain a hospital or management company.

Once a Voluntary Management Contract (VMC) or Mandatory Management Order (MMO) has been approved, the ministry continues to work with the long-term care home licensee to ensure that an operating plan is developed and implemented to help the home return to normal operations as soon as possible. The management agreements are in place for 90 days minimum with opportunity for extension if required.

Near the completion of the management contract, the ministry will work with the licensee and hospital or other appropriate organizations to implement a plan to transition operations back to the licensee.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care says they will continue to make decisions based on case-by-case assessments, and in partnership with the local hospitals, as to which long-term care homes may require additional interim hospital support.

 

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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