New support for Caressant Care in Arthur during COVID-19 outbreak

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The Ministry of Long-Term Care has approved a new Voluntary Management Contract that allows North Wellington Health Care Corporation to support the Caressant Care Arthur Nursing Home as it works to address the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister of Long Term Care said the arrangement will help address the current spread of COVID-19 in the home, to help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations.

“Protecting our long-term care residents is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I thank the dedicated staff at North Wellington Hospitals and Caressant Care Arthur Nursing Home for working together to stop the COVID-19 outbreak in this long-term care home.”

She said the province is using every available tool to keep people safe in unprecedented times and management contracts are one example of the measures Ontario has taken on behalf of long-term care residents and staff.

Other ongoing measures include emergency funding, regulatory flexibility, staffing support, expanded testing, along with direction and guidance on outbreak management, and infection prevention and control.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to make decisions based on case-by-case assessments, and in partnership with the local hospitals, as to which long-term care homes may require additional interim hospital support.