TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - A new regulation announced today that will
facilitate the transfer of residents between homes is welcomed by OANHSS as a
move that will enhance choice and flexibility for seniors.
The regulation change introduces new criteria in the 'exchange category'
on the waiting list that will enable residents in different homes to switch
places when a matching opportunity exists.
"The government has responded in a sensitive and meaningful way to help
people get back into their own communities as quickly as possible," said Donna
Rubin, CEO of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for
Seniors (OANHSS). "Our member homes were looking for a compassionate response
to worries raised when residents are forced to move out of their community to
take an available bed with no assurance that they can easily move back," Rubin
Highest priority will be given to residents who are seeking the transfer
to reunite with a spouse/partner who lives in the desired long term care home.
The next highest priority will be given to residents who are seeking admission
to a home that serves persons of their religion, ethnicity or language.
"The second priority ranking also responds to individual needs by making
it easier for residents to move to a setting that best suits their specific
religious, ethnic or linguistic background," stated Rubin. OANHSS expects that
it will be well received by its member homes that serve these communities and
have been challenged by policies and regulations that are hampering their
ability to do so.
"We hope that this amendment will help ease things but the reality is
that success will be dependent on ensuring that the right systems and
processes are in place to identify residents who want to switch homes," added
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members include
municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit nursing homes,
seniors' housing projects and community service agencies. Member organizations
operate over 27,000 long term care beds and over 5,000 seniors' housing units
across the province.
For further information:
For further information: Debbie Humphreys, (905) 851-8821 x233