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Rainycrest nursing home inspection brings 'positive outcome'

An upcoming inspection will determine if admissions can resume
Rainycrest LTC
Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances (Riverside Health Care photo)

FORT FRANCES — Riverside Health Care, the operator of the Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, says it is "pleased" with the results of recent inspections at the nursing home.

Now it's gearing up for a crucial reinspection that's expected sometime this month.

Rainycrest is under third-party management as a result of care issues and staffing issues identified in previous inspections by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

New admissions to the home have been suspended for almost a year.

Riverside officials said Tuesday that the annual Resident Quality Inspection and Critical Incident System Inspection, both of which were conducted last month, had "a positive outcome."

"Two previous compliance orders have been lifted and no new orders have been issued," they said.

The health ministry issues orders when it determines that care at a nursing home falls short of the standards laid out in provincial legislation. 

In an effort to resolve Rainycrest's problems, Riverside Health Care initiated a third-party management agreement last fall with Extendicare Assist, a private-sector firm.

It has said it is working to achieve "fundamental and systemic change" in the nursing home.

In the statement Tuesday, Riverside administration described the recent inspection results as encouraging, and said it and Extendicare Assist are working to address remaining areas of non-compliance. 

The ministry will soon begin a reinspection to examine the remaining areas of non-compliance, which may determine if the home can resume admissions.

The facility has 148 beds, but since the freeze on admissions was imposed last February, the number of residents has fallen to 107.


Gary Rinne

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