Quality of services for seniors: 20 Allegro residences in Québec apply for certification

    MONTREAL, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The 20 Allegro residences in Québec
applied for certificates of compliance from regional health and social
services agencies in keeping with Bill 83 governing the quality of services
offered in retirement homes.
    In making the announcement, Jean Bourcier, president of Allegro
Residences, noted that "residences in our network already meet and even
surpass in some cases the social and health criteria required for
certification, and did so well before they were required to submit an
application to health authorities."
    Under regulations announced in December 2006, the Ministry of Health and
Social Services established social and health criteria that operators of
retirement homes are required to meet to obtain certificates of compliance.
The government gave the Conseil québécois d'agrément (Québec Approval Council)
the mandate to perform on-site inspections to ensure these regulations are
being respected. The first inspection of an Allegro residence will take place
from January 24-25 at the Ermitage residence in Drummondville.
    Residences must demonstrate that the criteria and requirements stipulated
in the regulations are respected in such areas as reception, confidentiality,
assistance, adaptation of the site, access to first aid, and medication.
    According to Mr. Bourcier, "The structure of the Allegro network, which
now manages 45 retirement homes in Canada, guarantees that our residents
receive high quality services and care adapted to local and regional tastes in
such areas as leisure activities and food." Thanks to their permanent nursing
staff, several residences in the Allegro Network offer fully-serviced
long-term care facilities adapted to the needs of those retirees who require


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For further information: Michel Trudeau, Primacom Média, (450) 583-2002;
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