MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - When placed end-to-end, the pages
of a lease form an elderly person must sign run a full eighteen feet in
length. Even the aged who choose to use the Régie du logement lease
form and schedule, as proposed in Bill 16, which is currently under
study by a parliamentary commission, could not know all of the costs
associated with the lease they sign.
"How can elderly people with reduced autonomy, or even caregivers who are
close to them, be expected to understand the costs associated with
living and receiving care in a private residence as described in this
lease?" decried Pierre Blain, director general of the Regroupement provincial
des comités des usagers (RPCU), when submitting the association's brief
on September 6.
"No organization currently has a mandate to defend the rights of elderly
people living in private residences and help them lodge complaints if
needed," continued Pierre Blain. The new bill contains no provisions under
which the elderly can be assisted by someone close to them or by a
group. Yet Sections 11 and 12 of the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services do contain provisions of this nature relating to users of the health and
social services network, and the RPCU maintains that they should also
be included in Bill 16 and made applicable to private residences.
"An institution's users' committee, representing the territory within
which the private residence is located, should be able to defend the
rights of all users - including those who live in private residences," asserted Claude Ménard, head of the RPCU. The ministère de la Santé et
des Services sociaux seems to have a problem with this, however.
Bill 16, tabled by Dominique Vien, Minister for Social Services, is
intended to ensure additional protection for elderly people living in
private residences. Previously, operators of private residences for the
elderly were required to become certified when a single service was
offered. The requirement is now for two services, and the RPCU is
concerned that many residences are skirting the law.
The Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers wishes to see health
and social services agencies ensure close follow-up of certified
residences, while also performing evaluation visits, as is done for
public homes. The RPCU fears a recurrence of what happened at Pavillon
Marquette in Montreal if these stringent control measures are not put
The brief submitted by the RPCU can be accessed (in French only) at its
The Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers (RPCU) protects the
rights of users of the health and social services network. It acts as a
spokesperson for 590 Users' and In-patients' Committees that have been
set up throughout Quebec, in its institutions.
SOURCE PROVINCIAL REGROUPMENT OF PATIENT COMMITTEES (RPCU)
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