Infection control oversight lacking at Ontario seniors’ homes as inspections dwindled

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Oversight of infection control measures — key to keeping long-term care homes free of illness — plummeted when Ontario scaled back comprehensive annual inspections last year. Infection control violations would typically be caught during so-called resident quality inspections (RQIs), but a CBC News investigation found that the number of violations dropped off along with the number of RQIs in 2019. The inspections in long-term care homes fall primarily into two categories: complaint and critical incident inspections, which are reactive, and RQIs, which are broader and proactive. Homes get written up for violations that could include incorrect use of personal protective equipment, failing to clean shared washrooms and insufficient training in protocols for minimizing the spread of viruses.