Quebec Speeds up Review of Elderly Homes Following Deaths of 31 in Montreal Facility
The Quebec government Monday stated it was placing the safety and normal conditions of the province’s 2,600 long-term care and nursing home centers under the microscope following the demise of 31 people in a single facility for the elderly from March 13.
Coroner’s office is probing the deaths at the Residence Herron, a 139-unit home in Montreal, which has been put under the provincial radar.
Quebec Premier François Legault stated health delegates had been informed that the nursing home had a scarcity of workers, but not that dozens of residents had died.
Five deaths are confirmed to have been brought on by COVID-19, with the rest under investigation.
Legault blamed the scenario on major negligence over the weekend and stated the facility’s administration had not cooperated when authorities first tried to investigate reports of problems.
The residence is situated on Montreal’s West Island and is operated by Katasa Group, which owns six different retirement homes. The home expenses as much as C$10,000 a month for each resident.
Legault stated three investigations are underway into the home, with points previously raised in government reports in 2019 and 2017.
He stated staff shortages in Quebec’s long-term care amenities had been an issue before the coronavirus disaster, adding that the government planned to deploy more medical workers to help out with long-term care amenities in the region.