Industry Updates

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Home Care Services – Developing a Planning and Evaluation Tool for the Health Care System

January 23, 2012
Health Canada

MISSISSAUGA - Ms. Eve Adams, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Brampton South, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Federal Minister of Health, today announced support to the Canadian Home Care Association for the development of a policy planning and evaluation tool, called the Home Care Policy Lens.

“I commend the leadership of the Association for taking the initiative to develop this valuable policy tool,” said Ms. Adams.  “I encourage all health care sectors to work with the Association to help enhance home care’s role in the continuum of health care services for Canadians.”

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Health Quality Council of Alberta releases findings of long term care family experience survey

January 19, 2012
Canada Newswire

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) released the results of its second survey that captures the experiences of family members who have a resident living in a long term care facility in Alberta. The 2010/2011 survey compares results with those from the first survey conducted in 2007/2008.

In the majority of areas surveyed in 2010/11, results have improved or remained stable since 2007/08. On a scale of 0 to 10, 47% of family members surveyed rated the care at the long term care facility as 9 or 10 out of 10 in 2010/11 compared with 44% in 2007/08. This represents a modest but significant improvement in the global rating of quality of care. Thirty-one per cent (31%) of survey respondents said they were unhappy with the care the resident received at the long term care facility in the last six months. This represents a modest but significant improvement from the 33% who were unhappy with care in 2007/08.

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Safety contraventions in deadly CO leak at Saskatchewan seniors home: report

January 17, 2012
The Canadian Press

HUMBOLDT, Sask. - Appropriate emergency procedures weren't activated during a carbon monoxide leak that contributed to three deaths at a Saskatchewan seniors home.

That was one of the problems noted in a report by the Labour Ministry into the leak at St. Mary's Villa in Humboldt, east of Saskatoon. The report issued late last month cites six contraventions of Occupational Health and Safety rules.

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Premiers say provinces need better health deal to cover costs for seniors’ care

January 17, 2012
Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - The premiers are refusing to take no for an answer from Prime Minister Stephen Harper when it comes to improving health transfer payments to the provinces and territories.

Harper said Monday there's no more money for the provinces, but that didn't stop the premiers — who say they've heard the no-money mantra from past prime ministers — lobbying for more negotiations and ultimately more cash.

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