On behalf of the RHRA Board of Directors, John J. Rossiter, Chair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Elyse Sunshine as its Complaints Review Officer (CRO), for a three-year term effective February 25, 2017. Ms. Sunshine brings a range of skills and experience that will assist the RHRA in fulfilling its mandate supporting both consumer protection and choice through transparency.
Ms. Sunshine is a lawyer and partner of Rosen Sunshine LLP specializing in health law. She is active in the health community and has served as a member of the Research Ethics Board at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab and is a founding Board member of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund. Ms. Sunshine is also a member of the Medico-Legal Society, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocate’s Society. She was named to Best Lawyers Canada for Health Care Law for 2015 and 2016.
The CRO is responsible for reviewing the Registrar’s actions (under certain conditions) with respect to complaints relating to alleged contraventions of the Act. Where the Registrar has considered a complaint and made a decision to take no further action, the complainant has a right to request a review by the CRO. The CRO reviews the reasonableness of the Registrar’s consideration and decision to take no further action in respect of the complaint. The CRO may refer the complaint back to the Registrar with a recommendation for further action.
John J. Rossiter is also pleased to announce that Deana Williams has been reappointed to the position of Risk Officer for an additional fifteen-month term. She was originally appointed in 2014 for three years. The Risk Officer is a unique position, independent of RHRA management, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. The Risk Officer is responsible for reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of RHRA’s administration of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 and regulation, including RHRA’s activities relating to ensuring that licensees meet the care and safety standards and respect the rights of residents set out in the Act and regulation.
The RHRA’s Stakeholder Advisory Council is pleased to announce the appointment of retirement home resident Father Gregory Blonde to the Council. More information on the Council, as well as member biographies, can be found here.
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults in Canada. Ottawa Public Health provides free access to its online fall prevention learning module for personal support workers and volunteers, which can be found here, and may be a useful learning tool for your staff.
More links to resources can be found in our guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control, Qualifications and Training, and Emergency Plans, available here.
In Touch (which also goes by the names Rosemount Place and The Brick House) of 64 King Street Toronto (Weston), is operating without a retirement home licence.
The RHRA has charged the operator, Ms. Elaine Lindo, for operating without a licence under the Retirement Homes Act, and for breach of her Probation Order. In addition, the Registrar has ordered Ms. Lindo to immediately take steps to stop operating In Touch as a retirement home.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is engaging a range of stakeholders, including RHRA in regards to Medical Assistance in Dying in Ontario:Doctors and nurse practitioners in Ontario can now provide medical assistance in dying. Federal legislation, passed on June 17, 2016 guides how Ontario’s doctors and nurse practitioners are allowed to provide this option. It outlines requirements that patients must meet to be eligible to receive medical assistance in dying, and establishes safeguards that a doctor or nurse practitioner must follow to legally provide medical assistance in dying. The Ontario Government, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care continues to work with the federal and other provincial/territorial governments to ensure the implementation of medical assistance in dying is aligned and consistent, where possible, across the country.
For more information visit Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website – link below:
On December 7, 2016 the Ontario government introduced the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016. The Bill complements the federal legislation and seeks to address issues that fall within provincial jurisdiction.
Copy of MOHLTC news release and backgrounder:
Regulatory Collaboration: The RHRA is committed to collaboration and works with other regulators and organizations, such as the Office of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), that have shared goals for resident protection and safety. The RHRA is pleased to share the following information for retirement homes from OFMEM: