People Caring for People: Impacting the Quality of Life and Care of Residents of Long-Term Care Homes
This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of Staffing and Care Standards for Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario (the Review). The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) established the Review in September 2007 to provide independent advice that would inform the development of regulations under The Long- Term Care Homes Act 20071. MOHLTC appointed Shirlee Sharkey as an independent facilitator to lead the Review. The Review was carried out over a seven month period, from October 2007 to April 2008. During that time, the review team held extensive consultations and conducted an in-depth literature review to inform the decision-making process. The mandate of the Review was to provide advice on the development of a comprehensive framework for determining human resources implications related to quality of care and to the quality of life experienced by residents living in Long-Term Care (LTC) homes in Ontario. The framework addressed, at a minimum, issues related to the:
• Capacity of human resources at LTC homes;
• Needs-based requirements of residents;
• Quality of the work environment; and
• Quality management within LTC homes.