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 is independent of government and has broad representation from across the sector, including Family Councils, Residents’ Councils, nurses, physicians, unions, personal support workers, long-term care provider associations and advocates.
The Task Force report was released in April 2012 with seventeen recommended Actions. Eleven actions focused on areas that the Long-Term Care Sector has leadership responsibility for and six actions that require leadership from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The final seventeenth action is a commitment to implement the report’s recommendations.
The Task Force designated a small working group as a Steering committee to support the implementation of the Task Force action items. Family Councils Ontario (then Family Councils’ Program) joined the steering committee in November 2012. Since that time the Steering committee has monitored the actions and gathered information from the member organizations to write the first of six progress reports that are to be published over the next three years.
To access more information about the Task Force and to read the Action Plan or the first progress report visit the Task Force website: www.longtermcaretaskforce.ca