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A Quebec government minister has defended the transfer of seniors to care homes during the COVID-19 first wave.
During the first stage of the hospital stay, a resident must be taken from a nursing home to a care home.
Just over 60% of those who were admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 fell into this category, which had a resultant higher occupancy rate in the nursing homes.
This led to a somewhat higher overall room rate in these long-term care homes.
That proportion has since been cut.
“Considering that over-occupancy was unacceptable, it is the administration’s priority to reduce room rates in long-term care homes,” said Daniel Gagnon, Quebec’s minister of public security.
“The government expects long-term care homes to work harder to become more efficient. The remainder of the COVID-19 patients are still too few.”
The COVID-19 system allows a community hospital to transfer patients who have been sick enough to be admitted, but were not serious enough to make the transfer to a long-term care home.
Previously, such patients would have been held in the same hospital until they could be moved to a long-term care home.