Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: A Resident’s Rights
In 2018, a number of cases were reported alleging long-term care facility negligence toward residents. Some allegations are disturbing and attracted significant media attention and resulted in large class action lawsuits.
The Ottawa Citizen reported that an Ottawa long-term care facility was named in a class action lawsuit, following the discovery of maggots in a resident’s leg wound. The resident died in January of 2017. Other Ontario based long-term care facilities allegedly involved in disturbing negligent care of residents are named in this multi-million dollar lawsuit.
If you or your family are considering placing a loved one in a long-term care facility, here is some important information to consider before making this important decision:
In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care oversees long-term care homes. Specifically, the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 is the legislative authority, which outlines a number of important guidelines and principles, including a resident’s rights, care and services. The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/
Section 3(1) of the Act sets out the Residents’ Bill of Rights, which, essentially is a list of rights that the law provides for residents of a long-term care facility. It is important for families to know about this law as it promotes and protects resident care and safety.
These rights include:
If you have a family member who is currently living in a long-term care facility and are concerned about their rights being violated, consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer. The law aims to protect residents and promote quality of care for a vulnerable population. Residents and their families are entitled to compensation for negligence on the part of these facilities, which results in injury or death of the resident.
|By Janan Arafa of Burn Tucker Lachaîne Personal Injury Lawyers on February 19, 2019|
|Tags: Negligence, Personal Injury|