BILL NO. 31
1st Session, 64th General Assembly
70 Elizabeth II, 2021
Private Member's Bill
Care and Dignity Act
First Reading: October 20, 2021
This Bill amends the Homes for Special Care Act to require
(a) the making of nursing home resident assessments;
(b) the presence during certain hours of a staff registered nurse in a nursing home; and
(c) a minimum number of hours per resident for nursing and support services.
An Act to Amend Chapter 203
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Homes for Special Care Act,
Respecting Staffing Levels
1 This Act may be cited as the Care and Dignity Act.
- 6A (1) A licensee shall cause an assessment to be made annually of each resident in a nursing home for which the license was issued.
(2) The assessment referred to in subsection (1) must be performed by an appropriate health-care provider and that assessor shall take into account the physical, medical, psychological and other needs and personal preferences of the resident as expressed by the resident or by the resident's delegate or representative decision-maker.
- 11A (1) A licensee of a nursing home that has thirty or more beds must ensure that a staff registered nurse is present in the nursing home at all times.
(2) A licensee of a nursing home that has fewer than thirty beds must ensure that a staff registered nurse is present in the nursing home for a continuous period of eight hours every twenty-four hour cycle.
(3) The Minister may increase the total daily combined and increase the daily proportional allocation of personal resident nursing and support services provided by a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse and a continuing care assistant per resident.
(4) For greater certainty, the personal resident combined nursing and support services hours referred to in this Section are the hours of direct resident care provided by the nursing home's registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and continuing care assistants and excludes time taken by the employee for breaks, vacation, statutory holidays, leaves of absence, sick leave, other leaves, training time, care of non-nursing home residents in the same facility or other time not allocated for direct nursing home resident patient care.
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