Ontario legislators are planning to strengthen existing nursing home laws to prevent abuse of seniors following the findings of a task force who say the government isn't doing enough to help.
The Toronto Star recently uncovered abuse at a number of senior care facilities in the area, prompting an investigation into the territory's laws regarding senior abuse. While the existing laws are strong, the task force convened in the wake of the scandal found numerous areas where they can be strengthened.
The task force reportedly made 18 recommendations to the legislature, many of which are related to inefficiencies in the system. Eliminating needless paperwork can allow senior care staff to spend more time with patients, which should lead to managers and others in charge being aware of any abuse that goes on. Often, the instances of abuse were confined to just one person rather than the entire staff – by allowing other workers to spend time with residents on a regular basis, the task force believes abuse can be uncovered and weeded out.
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