(Quebec) Couillard The government introduced Tuesday its highly anticipated draft regulations on certification of private seniors’ residences (RPA). A regulation less severe than the one adopted under the PQ, but, according to Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, will provide seniors with safe living conditions and quality services while taking into account the reality of residential property operators.
The regulation adopted in 2013 led to a massive decertification of RPA, lamented Minister Gaétan Barrette press conference. “The requirements particularly in terms of staff and training were to ensure that the homes were to decertify” for economic reasons, the minister said, adding that 114 homes had décertifiées and that was “at risk of lose up to 256 “.
According to him, the draft regulation proposed by his government, fruit of the work of a strategic committee consisting of 25 partners involved in certification, is “a fair balance between the ideal and we would be too severe regulation.”
Henceforth, the residences will be divided into four categories instead of two “to better reflect the services offered by the RPA operators and allow seniors to make an informed choice”: RPA with basic services, RPPs with basic services and distribution drugs, RPA with personal assistance services and administration of drugs and RPPs with nursing.
For RPA Class 1 which contain less than 49 rental units for independent seniors, for example, the draft regulation allows to appeal to people who are not part of the staff (a resident or volunteer) for the threshold Minimum monitoring “provided that measures to ensure a response without delay in case of emergency are established by the operator and approved by its Board of Directors and that these people have followed the CPR training and first aid.”
The draft regulation also includes increasing the minimum threshold monitoring Category 4 RPP, as recommended by the coroner following the fire at the Résidence Le Havre, as well as the ability to check the background judicial staff and volunteers by private firms, a faster route as the police, said Minister of Health. “The level of detail [obtained by these firms] may be less thorough, but enough for what we research,” assured Mr. Barrette.