TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Earlier today, the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario announced an independent public inquiry into the policies, procedures and oversight of long term care homes. The commission of inquiry, called the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of the Long-Term Care Homes System, will be led by Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese.
As part of a broad mandate, Justice Gillese will review accountability measures and provide recommendations to improve the well-being and safety of residents. Justice Gillese's appointment as commissioner is effective immediately, and a final report will be delivered by July 31, 2019.
"The facts leading up to this inquiry are extremely distressing," says Jane Joris, Board Chair, AdvantAge Ontario. "We are encouraged that the inquiry is broad enough to allow the Commissioner to explore relevant system and structural issues."
AdvantAge Ontario fully supports this inquiry and is committed to working with sector partners to examine and learn from the events that led to today's announcement. "Our Association will participate to the greatest extent possible," says Robert Morton, Interim CEO of AdvantAge Ontario.
Today's announcement included details about the inquiry's scope and terms of reference. AdvantAge Ontario will be reviewing these to determine how best to contribute to this important initiative.
"Residents of long term care homes need to feel safe and comfortable, and their families need to be able to trust that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care. This inquiry is an important step to ensuring that all system partners work together to meet the needs of our seniors," says Joris.
AdvantAge Ontario is the trusted voice for senior care. We are community-based, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting the best possible aging experience.
SOURCE AdvantAge Ontario
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