The Personal Care Homes Amendment Act received first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature today. The intent of the legislation is to improve accountability and better inform residents and families about personal care home inspection results.
“Our government strives to improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Increased transparency will assist people when selecting a personal care home for themselves or a loved one. It will also provide increased incentive for personal care home operators to provide the best care possible.”
The legislation is anticipated to be passed as early as spring 2014. This will allow inspection information to be posted on the Ministry of Health website later that year.
The legislation responds to recommendations from both the Provincial Auditor and the Provincial Ombudsman that there should be more information about personal care homes available to the public.
Inspection reports will indicate what standards are not being met.
Personal care homes are privately-owned and operated, providing lodging, meals, and assistance with or supervision of daily living and personal care. They are different from long-term care homes (special care homes/nursing homes), which are part of the publicly-funded health system and serve residents with heavier care needs.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for licensing and monitoring personal care homes to ensure that residents receive safe and appropriate care in a safe and appropriate environment.