RHRA Update E-Newsletter

RHRA Update

RHRA Update is published by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) for retirement home operators and licensees. This e-newsletter is also available in French upon request.

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Previous Editions

 

April 3, 2020 Special Advisory: Notification on Regulation Change: 118/20

  • On April 2, the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility filed an amendment to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation
  • Homes may take any necessary steps related to staffing and work deployment required to prevent, respond to or alleviate the impact of COVID-19
  • Homes are now required to report COVID-19 outbreaks to RHRA on the same day as it is reported to public health
  • As well as additional measures on information posting, collective agreements and suspension of other requirements for the duration of the emergency

March 31, 2020 Special Advisory: Updated precautions and procedures to be implemented immediately by all retirement homes

  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided more specific directives for Long-Term Care Homes that are to be implemented immediately by all retirement homes in Ontario
  • Health providers and health care entities have been provided with updated directives on the required precautions when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Statement and survey regarding PPE
  • Government funding for enhanced screening and infection control for retirement homes

March 24, 2020 Special Advisory: COVID-19 Tests for Retirement Home Residents

  • Public Health Ontario has confirmed that COVID-19 tests for retirement home residents are to be prioritized by laboratories as is the case for long-term care home residents’ tests

March 23, 2020 Special Advisory: NEW: Chief Medical Officer’s Directives on Residents Leaving Retirement Homes 

  • Residents are no longer permitted to leave the home for short-stay absences to visit family and friends
  • Residents may go outside of the home but should remain on the home’s property and maintain a distance of a minimum of two metres from other people at all times

March 22, 2020 Special Advisory: Emergency amendments to Retirement Homes Act, 2010 related to Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations for retirement homes

  • On March 20, 2020, the province amended the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 to require retirement homes’ infection prevention and control programs to follow the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer
  • Homes must also take all reasonable steps to follow any recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer directed at long-term care homes as they relate to COVID-19

March 19, 2020 Special Advisory: Chief Medical Officer provides recommendations on managing health worker illness and return to work

  • Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer has released recommendations related to managing health worker illness and return to work which retirement homes will now be required to follow

March 17, 2020 Special Advisory: COVID-19 FAQs Available on RHRA Website

March 16, 2020 Special Advisory: ORCA Offers Free COVID-19 Operations Resources and Industry Webinar to All Licensed Retirement Homes

  • ORCA is now making pandemic materials in its Learning Centre available to non-members free of charge, including webinars

March 15, 2020 Special Advisory: Message from RHRA CEO and Registrar regarding COVID-19 Response

  • The RHRA will be modifying our inspections process on a temporary basis to limit the need to enter retirement homes during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Important information on compliance during this time

March 14, 2020 Special Advisory: RHRA Provides Clarification on Expectations Regarding Visitors to Retirement Homes

  • Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended that retirement homes and long-term care homes allow only essential visitors
  • Essential visitors will be screened upon entry
  • Those who fail screening will not be permitted to enter

March 13, 2020 Special Advisory: RHRA Clarifies Expectations for Retirement Homes Regarding Active Screening for COVID-19

  • Active screening required for staff and visitors
  • In addition to active screening, retirement homes should follow the guidance for respiratory outbreak and COVID-19 prevention from the Ministry of Health

March 10, 2020 Special Advisory: RHRA Advises Retirement Homes to Immediately Begin Active Screening for COVID-19

  • The Ministry of Health is advising all retirement homes to implement active screening protocols for all visitors, resident admissions, re-admissions and returning residents
  • Guidance and links to resources are available from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) and Advantage Ontario

March 8, 2020 Special Advisory: COVID-19 (coronavirus) preparedness reminder and resources

  • Helpful links and resources for protocols, signage, screening, self-isolation and pandemic resources

January 27, 2020 Special Edition RHRA Update: COVID-19 coronavirus

  • Every licensed retirement home in Ontario must have an infection control program
  • Links to helpful resources

RHRA Update Vol. 12 – January 2020

Contents of this issue:

  • RHRA reminds homes to take extra precautions against theft and suspicious activity in 2020
  • All RHRA Compliance Assistance Modules are now available as printable PDFs
  • Help spread the word: RHRA is seeking a resident to join its Stakeholder Advisory Council
  • We want to hear from you: RHRA to survey stakeholders after inspections, licence applications and complaints
  • RHRA launches awareness campaign
  • Jonathan Boulakia joins the RHRA Board of Directors
  • Update on automatic sprinklers in retirement homes

RHRA Update Vol. 11 – October 2019

Contents of this issue:

  • RHRA introduces new Emergency Planning Compliance Assistance Module for operators and licensees
  • Owner of Toronto unlicensed retirement home convicted and sentenced to jail
  • RHRA’s new approach to routine inspections is well underway
  • RHRA Celebration Event 2019
  • RHRA publishes 2018/19 Annual Report
  • One more way to stay connected – follow us on LinkedIn

RHRA Update Vol. 10 – July 2019 

Contents of this issue:

  • The RHRA Launches an Updated Approach to Routine Inspections
  • Save the Date: RHRA Celebration Event on September 19, 2019
  • Enhancing Your Understanding with RHRA’s Compliance Assistance Modules
  • RHRA Update Readership Survey Results
  • Changes to the Billing and Payment Contact Information
  • Incident Report Form

RHRA Update Vol. 9 – April 2019

Contents of this issue:

  • New Compliance Assistance Module on Assessments and Plans of Care – Available in May
  • Piloting a Modified Inspections Process
  • Monitoring Sprinkler Compliance Requirements
  • Changes to Annual Reporting
  • RHRA Update Readership Survey
  • Nominate a Resident Champion – Nominations Due June 14!

RHRA Update Vol. 8 – December 2018

Contents of this issue:

  • Address Change
  • Fire Sprinkler Update
  • Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee – Recommendations for Licensees
  • RHRA Resources
  • New Features on the Public Register to Help Consumers Make Informed Decisions
  • Extreme Weather Readiness
  • Annual Celebration Event and AGM Update

 

RHRA Update Annual Fee Issue – September 2018 

Contents of this issue:

  • 2019 Annual Fees Update

 

RHRA Update Vol. 7 – July 2018

Contents of this issue:

  • RHRA Annual Celebration, October 18. Hold the date!
  • Stakeholder Effectiveness Survey
  • Compliance Assistance Modules – CAMs
  • Elevator Safety in Retirement Homes

 

RHRA Update Vo. 6 – April 2018 

Contents of this issue:

  • New Training Module – Assisting Homes with Voluntary Compliance
  • Updating Your Home’s Sprinkler Status
  • 2017 Annual Survey
  • RHRA Interim CEO

 

RHRA Update Vol. 5 – February 2018

Contents of this issue:

  • 2018 Annual Reporting
  • Managing Residents Transitioning Back from Hospital
  • Bill 160 – Amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010
  • Duty to Report Harm to Residents
  • Recommendations from Ontario’s Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee
  • News for Residents
  • Coming to your Town

 

RHRA Update Vol. 4 – November 2017

Contents of this issue:

  • Fire sprinkler retrofit program
  • New RHRA website now live
  • Requirement for filing your accessibility compliance report
  • Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)
  • Helpful resources for flu and infection control
  • RHRA 2016-17 Annual Report now online

 

RHRA Update Vol. 3 Special Issue: Annual Fees – September 2017 

Contents of this issue:

  • 2018 Annual Fees
  • What you need to know about the rationale for the 2018 increase

 

RHRA Update Vol. 2 – September 2017 

Contents of this issue:

  • Sprinkler installation deadline
  • Vulnerable sector screening
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Bill C-14 legislation update
  • MAID and the Retirement Homes Act, 2010: What you need to know as a retirement home licensee and operator
  • RHRA Annual General Meeting – Save the date

 

RHRA Update Vol. 1 – April 2017

Contents of this issue:

  • RHRA’s new five-year strategic plan
  • Compliance support new in 2017-2018
  • Annual reporting and online survey
  • RHRA resources and educational materials
  • Information on falls prevention
  • If you’re planning to sell a home
  • RHRA provincial tours
  • New RHRA brochure

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Steps to getting a licence

Get started on the licensing process and find out what you will need to submit an application.


Guidelines

As of July 1, 2012, homes that meet the definition of “retirement home” in the Act must have a licence from the RHRA to operate.

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Process

To assist you with the application process, the RHRA has put together an Applicant Guide. The Guide introduces you to the forms, supporting documents and fees that must be submitted.

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Fees

Review the 2018 Fee Schedule before submitting your application.

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Complaints & reporting harm

Reporting harm is a shared duty. Certain situations involving harm or risk of harm to any resident must be reported immediately by law. Here’s how to report harm or potential harm.


How to File a Report

Find out what constitutes harm and what you need to do if you see or suspect harm.

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RHRA Process

Find out what happens after the report has been made.

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Mandatory Reporting

What must you report and why.

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More information about RHRA

Understand our role, what we stand for and how we enforce ‘the Act’.


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There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


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Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

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#ICON

Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

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I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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A retirement home 1

There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


#ICON

Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

Read More
#ICON

Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

Read More
#ICON

I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

Read More

A retirement home 1

There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


#ICON

Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

Read More
#ICON

Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

Read More
#ICON

I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

Read More

A retirement home 1

There are over 700 licensed retirement homes in Ontario. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you.


#ICON

Status of home

Search the Retirement Home Database for a complete history of a retirement home's compliance with the Act.

Read More
#ICON

Types of homes

If you've never lived in a retirement home or haven’t needed long-term care, you may not be aware of the difference between the two. Here is what you need to know.

Read More
#ICON

I’m not sure how to start

Here, we’ll provide tools to help support your research.

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