The Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety was established in November 2011 in response to media reports of incidents of abuse and neglect in long-term care homes and the potential underreporting of these incidents.
The task force was independent of government and had broad representation from across the sector, including family and resident councils, nurses, physicians, unions, personal support workers, long-term care provider associations and advocates.
The mandate of the task force was to develop an action plan that examines and addresses the factors contributing to incidents of abuse or neglect in long-term care homes with the goal of helping to prevent these incidents.
To inform this work, the task force conducted a comprehensive consultation process and received close to 2,000 surveys and submissions and had input from over 40 industry and subject matter experts.
The task force released its report and action plan in May 2012.
More information on the Task Force.
Members of the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety are committed to implementing the 18 actions identified in the Action Plan (see below).
The following progress reports, issued semi-annually, demonstrate the sector’s commitment to work collaboratively to improve the care and safety of residents in long-term care homes.
An Action Plan to Address Abuse and Neglect in Long-Term Care Homes, released in May 2012, identified 18 actions to improve the care and safety of residents in long-term care homes.
Eleven actions focus on areas where the long-term care sector can play a leadership role and six require leadership from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In the final action the task force commits to implementing the recommendations and regularly reporting on progress.
The task force is strongly committed to these actions and looks forward to working with the Ministry and sector partners to move forward with implementation.