Three Ontario nursing homes ordered to stop new admissions because of substandard care

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October 5, 2017
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Three troubled Ontario nursing homes — including a Mississauga home — have been ordered to stop accepting new residents due to substandard care.

The crackdown came this week after the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ordered each to “cease admissions,” meaning no new residents are allowed to move into the homes.

The order affects two facilities operated by the Sharon Village Care Homes chain, Tyndall Nursing Home in Mississauga and Earls Court Long Term Care in London, along with a home from the Caressant Care chain in Fergus. Both companies sent written statements to the Star, saying they will work with the ministry to resolve the problems.

The cease admissions orders are not common. Of Ontario's 630 long-term care homes, roughly five a year are stopped from accepting new residents.

In Hoskin's Oct. 3 letter to Schlegel, he called the results of the recent ministry inspection of Tyndall and Earls Court "deeply concerning."

The ministry has "determined that there is sufficient risk of harm to the residents' health or well-being to warrant a Cease of Admissions," Hoskins wrote.

He highlighted problems at the London home, Earls Court, saying ministry inspectors found the staffing plan does not meet the residents' care needs. "As a result, residents did not receive the care required," Hoskins wrote.

Proper staffing of Ontario long-term care homes in general has long been a complaint among workers, families and the residents who suffer from lack of care.

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