Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Amendments to O.Reg. 79/10, Long-Term Care Homes Act, for Enhancing Cooling Requirements in Long-Term Care Homes

Regulation Number(s):
79/10
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Long-Term Care is proposing regulatory amendments to enhance cooling requirements in long-term care (LTC) homes.

If approved, proposed amendments to O.Reg. 79/10, Long-Term Care Homes Act would include:

- a requirement that designated cooling areas be equipped with air conditioning or equivalent mechanical cooling systems.
- a requirement that licensees implement their hot weather-related illness prevention and management plan during specified periods.
- amendments to set out requirements for the hot weather-related illness prevention plan (and related requirements for resident care plans), for example that the plan must include:
* identification of resident risk factors and symptoms related to heat stress and associated action plans that staff would check for;
* specific procedures to protect residents from heat-related illness;
* plans for the use of appropriate cooling equipment and other resources; and
* a communication protocol to convey the hot weather-related illness prevention and management plan to residents, staff, volunteers, substitute decision-makers, visitors and others as required.
- amendments to require licensees to incorporate, in residents' care plans, protective measures required to prevent hot weather-related illness or stress.
- a requirement that licensees measure and document temperature at specified intervals and areas of the home.

The proposed amendments would ensure that designated cooling areas of LTC homes can be maintained at safe and comfortable temperature levels, which would enable LTC homes to provide a safe and comfortable environment to their residents, while complying with all applicable Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) protocols.

Furthermore, the proposed amendments would improve the safety and comfort of LTC residents by ensuring that licensees implement specific procedures to protect residents from high temperatures.

The proposed amendments are targeted to come into effect on May 17, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The Ministry of Long-Term Care is currently assessing the anticipated administrative costs. Licensees would be required to measure and document temperatures, communicate hot weather-related illness prevention and management plans to residents, staff, volunteers, substitute decision-makers and visitors, and incorporate protective measures of the plan into residents' plans of care.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-HLTC003
Posting Date:
February 11, 2021
Comments Due Date:
March 15, 2021
Contact Address:
1075 Bay Street, Toronto ON