Temporary Measures are Required to Help Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks
TORONTO — The Ministry of Long-Term Care has approved new voluntary management agreements for two long-term care homes in Scarborough and Richmond Hill to help address the current spread of COVID-19 in the homes and stabilize operations.
These arrangements allow Scarborough Health Network to provide enhanced support to Rockcliffe Care Community in Scarborough and allow Mackenzie Health to provide enhanced support to Langstaff Square Care Community in Richmond Hill, to help return both homes to normal operations.
“Our government is committed to protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians, especially our long-term care residents who are most vulnerable,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I thank the dedicated staff at these facilities for their collaboration and for working together to stop the COVID-19 outbreaks and to provide quality care to our loved ones in these long-term care homes.”
During these unprecedented times, the province is using every tool available to keep Ontarians safe. Management contracts are one example of the measures Ontario has utilized on behalf of long-term care residents and staff. Ongoing measures include emergency funding, regulatory flexibility, staffing support, expanded testing, along with direction and guidance on outbreak management, and infection prevention and control.
The Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to make decisions based on case-by-case assessments, and in partnership with the local hospitals, as to which long-term care homes may require additional interim hospital support.
- The voluntary management agreements for these long-term care homes will be in effect for 90 days from each date of execution and can be extended, if necessary.
- To date, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has now issued six Mandatory Management Orders and facilitated 14 voluntary management contracts between Ontario hospitals and long-term care homes.