Open letter: Tragedy in L’Isle-Verte

The members of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC) wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those lost or injured in the horrible tragedy in L’Isle-Verte. The staff and administration at the home, the emergency services and the entire town are also very much in our thoughts.

While the individual and various levels of Homes within the organizations in each provincial association endeavour to provide safety measures to ensure the well-being of their residents or tenants, when tragedy such as this occurs, we must all reflect on what training may be needed in relation to our homes’ policies, procedures and staff. This is work that is ongoing at each provincial association and at individual home levels and will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming annual CALTC meeting.

The Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC) is a national organization comprised of the majority of provincial associations and long-term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada. CALTC members represent care providers responsible for delivering quality care to Canada’s most vulnerable seniors each day, as well as delivering home support services and care for younger disabled adults.

If you are a member of the media or public that is looking for comment on fire safety in long term care settings, please contact one of the member associations. Go to www.caltc.ca for the contact information.

Sincerely,

CALTC Members:

Daniel Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer, B.C. Care Providers Association
Tammy Leach, Executive Director, Alberta Continuing Care Association
Jan Legeros, Executive Director, Long Term Care & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba
Donna Rubin, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Long Term Care Association
Michael Keating, Executive Director and Association Counsel, New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes
Bob Nutbrown, Chief Executive Officer, PEI Seniors Homes
Mary Lee, President and CEO, Health Association, Nova Scotia
Corporate Members – National Care Providers:
Responsive Health Management
Chartwell Retirement Residences
Extendicare Canada
Revera Long Term Care