New Brunswick

Nursing homes, special care homes welcome online reports

Associations representing nursing homes and special care home operators are welcoming a move to post inspection reports of their facilities online.

Inspection results of facilities to be made available to public by posting on internet

Nursing homes and special care home operators are welcoming a new initiative from the provincial government to post inspection reports of their facilities online.

The associations representing these homes are in favour of the move, even though the details of the plan are still being worked out.

Jan Seely says special care home operators would like to be part of any consultations with government about posting inspection reports online. (CBC)
"I see no problems with it," said Jan Seely, the executive director of the New Brunswick Special Care Home Association. 

"I know that with the daycares it's been in the news about publishing the inspections and I figured it was imminent for our sector as well."

Seely said consultations are always important when it comes to public policy changes and she said her members would be happy to be part of a consultation process if the provincial government takes that route.

"It's important for the public to make informed decisions when they're placing a loved one and anything the association can do to assist with that, we're willing to be a part of that," she said.

'It's a fine idea'

Michael Keating, the executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes, also said he supports posting the reports online.

"I think it's a fine idea. Any transparency or more transparency that will create public confidence in our system, it's a welcome idea to our association," he said.

"Anything that's hidden creates all types of adverse theories. We're confident that when problems are identified that they'll be addressed and the public needs to know that. So we think this is a good thing."

Inspectors already look at everything from fire safety and building maintenance, to the training of staff, nutrition of meals served as well as the overall quality of patient care, said Jodi Hall, the director of operations with the nursing homes association.

Valerie Kilfoil, a government spokesperson, said it will be a few more weeks before the details are hammered out.

"We are still in the process of preparing everything for the reports to be posted in an online format," Kilfoil in an email to CBC News.

"Once everything is ready, we will do a full briefing about the data/information in the reports and the inspection process for reporters."

Kilfoil also noted the data collected won't change, but does have to be formatted in a different way to allow the reports to be posted online.

In April, the provincial government starting making inspection reports of daycares available through online posting.

Restaurant inspection results in New Brunswick have been available online for several years.

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