COVID-19 outbreaks more common in for-profit senior residences in B.C.

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Sumary of COVID-19 outbreaks more common in for-profit senior residences in B.C.:

  • Long-term care is not accustomed to high-stakes infection control practices, Mackenzie said.
  • The same report also found wages paid to care-aide staff in the for-profit sector could be as much as 28 per cent below the industry standard. But some of the disparity could also be because health-authority run facilities had better access to protective equipment and infection control experts.
  • There was a consistent perception that the oversight, management, and support available to long-term care providers varied depending on if a facility was health-authority owned and operated versus operated by a private or not-for-profit provider, the report said.
  • Contracted care homes, both private and non-profit, also have higher numbers of residents with dementia, which makes outbreaks more difficult to contain because those patients wander, Lake added.

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