Toronto: The Ministry of Long-Term Care has approved a new voluntary management agreement which allows Lakeridge Health to provide enhanced support to Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby.
This arrangement will help to address the current spread of Covid-19 in the long-term care home, help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations, said a government statement.
“Protecting the health and well-being of our long-term care residents who are most vulnerable, is our top priority,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I thank the dedicated staff at Lakeridge Health and Sunnycrest Nursing Home for working together to stop the Covid-19 outbreak in this long-term care home.”
During these unprecedented times, the province is using every tool available to keep Ontarians safe, the statement said. Management contracts are one example of the measures Ontario has utilized on behalf of long-term care residents and staff. Ongoing measures include emergency funding, regulatory flexibility, staffing support, expanded testing, along with direction and guidance on outbreak management, and infection prevention and control.
- The voluntary management contract has an effective date of December 3, 2020 and will be in effect for 90 days. If necessary, these arrangements can be extended.
- To date, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has now issued six Mandatory Management Orders and facilitated 16 voluntary management contracts between Ontario hospitals and long-term care homes.