Health watchdog calls for stricter oversight of continuing care facilities

Health watchdog calls for stricter oversight of continuing care facilities

Oversight of patient safety in Alberta’s $1.4-billion continuing care system is difficult because there is no standardized agreement for providers, says the province’s health watchdog.

And a new report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta says Alberta Health Services needs to decide who in the provincial health authority is responsible for ensuring nursing homes, supportive living facilities and home care contractors deliver quality treatment to over 120,000 clients.

The HQCA review was ordered by Health Minister Fred Horne last year in the wake of media reports about missed visits to home care clients in Edmonton and neglect of residents at a long term care facility in Calgary.

Investigators discovered contracts inherited by AHS when it was created in 2008 mean that three-quarters of supportive living facilities and one quarter of nursing homes are not required to be accredited by an outside agency.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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