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Plan to Address PSW Shortage at Brucelea Haven

Bruce County | by Robyn Garvey  

Long-term care home working to fix non-compliance issues

A plan is in place to address the critical shortage of Personal Support Workers (PSW's) at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton.

The Chair of the Bruce County Homes Committee, Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody, says Brucelea Haven will be training other support staff such as kitchen staff and students at the facility to assist PSW's.

Peabody says the initiative will assure that the elderly in both homes in Bruce County will get the care they deserve.

You may recall we told you in early January that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care issued a number of non-compliance issues at Brucelea Haven, based on an inspection last September.

Among the many issues was the lack of staff, particularly PSW's.

Peabody admits there were many other issues as well and he believes all are being addressed by the home's administration.

He says they have a plan of action and he's expecting good results saying, "I'm hoping by the summer, the compliance orders that the ministry has issued.....will go away and we won't get any new ones."

The September 2018 inspection report cited violations such as chronic staffing shortages, mismanagement of medications, patients missing their scheduled baths, failure to provide a safe and secure environment, failure to ensure appropriate current certfication of registration for nursing staff as well as an allegation of verbal abuse.

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