Comments on Proposed Retirement Homes Act Regulations
The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, Ontario Branch, strongly supports the Government of Ontario's enhancement of the legislative framework to ensure minimum standards for senior care, safety and security in retirement homes. Protection of vulnerable seniors in retirement homes is a complex issue that requires monitoring and enforcement of standards and legislation by inspectors with competence in, and ready access to the full range of public health professions, programs and services available to support senior health.
Under the first set of proposed regulations under the Act, the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) will be responsible for the appointment of inspectors for the investigation and enforcement functions for the new mandatory standards. The inspectors will enforce many of the proposed administrative and care standards. However, the proposal is to also have them enforce safety, pest control, infection control, and food preparation standards. These areas are traditionally overseen and fully enforceable by Certified Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, along with other public health organizations, has made submission to the Government of Ontario with recommendations for changes we feel are necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of this new and important regulation.
To see the full text of our recommendations submitted April 2011, please click here