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Friday, November 8, 2019

Brucelea Haven Works Towards Provincial Standards

Walkerton | by John Divinski  

County Homes Committee report says the work is headed in the right direction.

Work continues at Brucelea Haven Long Term Care Home in Walkerton to bring the facility into compliance with provincial standards.

The work is headed in the right direction, according to a report from the Bruce County Homes Committee.

Jill Knowlton from Primacare Living Solutions and acting director of long term care operations, tells county councillors it's a long-term process with still a dozen compliance orders to clean up but the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is happy with what's happening.

Knowlton says they spoke with ministry officials on November 1st and they indicated, "they were very, very pleased" with the progress.

She says during their last visit, provincial inspectors noted there was an increased morale in the home and "a much more relaxed approach from the staff."

Knowlton says the goal is to get the cease order for new admissions lifted by February, next year.

In order to do so, all compliances must be met and they must create stability in the leadership and the staffing of the home, along with a long-term sustainability plan for the facility.

Currently Brucelea has 126 residents and is licenced for 144 beds.

Once all is in place at Brucelea, then everything needs to be transferred over to Gateway Haven in Wiarton so there's consistency with policiies and procedures to ensure a standardized approach to care and services.

The transfer of information to Gateway is expected in early 2020.

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