SHA Appointed Administrator of Extendicare Facilities
On January 29, 2021, Minister Responsible for Seniors Everett Hindley requested the provincial ombudsman's office investigate and report on the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak at Extendicare Parkside in Regina. This review was to include pandemic planning and COVID-19 outbreak preparedness at the facility as well as Parkside's adherence to provincial public health orders and guidance established by the Ministry of Health, the province's Chief Medical Health Officer and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
The ombudsman has released the report today. The Ministry of Health and the SHA have accepted the recommendations made by the ombudsman and are taking immediate action in response.
"I want to thank the provincial ombudsman's office for her thorough review of the circumstances that lead to the outbreak at Parkside Extendicare," Hindley said. "As a health system, we must learn from this tragedy and ensure that we do everything we can to prevent similar outbreaks in long term care settings.
"In particular, it's my expectation that Extendicare Canada will accept these recommendations to provide the safest care possible to their residents."
The SHA has been appointed administrator over all five Extendicare long term care facilities in Saskatchewan for a period of 30 days. At the end of 30 days, the SHA will submit a report to the Ministry of Health regarding compliance with the ombudsman's recommendations and the care requirements as stipulated under the Program Guidelines for Special Care Homes. That report will be used to evaluate the SHA's agreement with Extendicare as a long-term care service provider in the province.
The Ministry of Health will support the SHA to implement the recommendations, review and report on that progress. For example, the practice of three and four bedrooms was discontinued throughout the province as of March 31.