Aged care residents found to be at greater risk in for-profit homes than government-run ones

Aged care residents are up to twice as likely to suffer from serious injuries in a for-profit home as in a government-run one, a study released on Sunday by the royal commission investigating the sector has found.



a man and a woman sitting on a table: Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP


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The study, described by the aged care royal commission as the most comprehensive ever undertaken, paints a grim picture of the state of private-sector aged care, revealing that government-run homes dramatically outperform those run by both for-profit operators and not-for-profit groups.



Aged care residents in government-run homes suffer fewer injuries and go to hospital fewer times than those in for-profit and not-for-profit homes.


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Aged care residents in government-run homes suffer fewer injuries and go to hospital fewer times than those in for-profit and not-for-profit homes.

It found that, over a year, one in 15 residents in government-run aged care was sent to hospital after falling, compared with one in 8.2 not-for-profit residents and one in 8.6 for-profit residents.

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Ford Government’s New Legislation Will Make It Significantly Harder to Hold For-Profit Long-Term Care Homes Liable for COVID-19 Harms

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ford government has introduced legislation that would make it significantly harder for residents and families to hold long-term care homes liable for harm resulting from exposure to and infection with COVID-19. The legislation covers any individual, corporation or entity and includes the crown (which means the government and its agencies).

Bill 218, which was both introduced in the Ontario Legislature by the Ford government and passed First Reading yesterday, is retroactive to March 17, 2020 meaning the legal rights of those who were infected, potentially infected or exposed to coronavirus on or after March 17, 2020 will be compromised by the legislation, if it is passed, no matter when they started any legal actions. There will be no compensation or relief for plaintiffs as a result of having their rights extinguished under this bill. The major changes in the legislation are as

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