Long-term care facilities must be renovated, according to the council of carpenters

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Facilities need room renovations, improved building systems to control spread of infections

The global pandemic offers a “long overdue opportunity” to assess and renovate obsolete long-term care (LTC) facilities in Ontario, said the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO).In a July 10 press release, the CDCO said that now is the time to explore the possibilities of renovating these care facilities through renovations and upgrades to building infrastructure – improving care and housing for all residents.

The CDCO is made up of 16 locals affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, representing 30,000 artisans in Ontario.

The board has a team of university students working in its research department studying the age and infrastructure standards of long-term care homes in Ontario.

Media reports reveal that a study by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care suggests that one-third of all long-term care beds in Ontario are built to 1972 standards. The highest COVID-19 infections were recorded in establishments classified D and C, with four beds per bedroom and one bathroom.

These four-bed quarters are not allowed in new long-term care homes, which the province classifies as any facility built since 1998.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the need to renovate these facilities,” said CDCO General Counsel Mark Lewis.

“In doing so, we all need to reassess what the future of long-term care might look like, and this is a real opportunity to make all LTC facilities in Ontario safer and much healthier for them.” current and future residents. ”

CDCO President Mike Yorke said the range of activities required to bring these homes up to the latest standards involved physically reconfiguring patient rooms and solving major structural problems such as outdated HVAC and electrical systems .

“Now is the time to bring Ontario long-term care homes and hospitals into the 21st century. ”

The board said it was clear that buildings can make people sick and that it is important to follow the infection control risk assessment in healthcare construction when renovating health care facilities. long term and hospitals.

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