Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Aging boomers highlight need to bring more men into caregiving profession

January 13, 2017
The Globe and Mail - Erin Anderssen

In the classroom at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, at a bed by a window, Morgan O’Dell, 19, reaches out a tattooed arm to delicately wash the nether region of a floppy-haired mannequin. O’Dell’s classmate, Hamza El Hilali, 24, steps in to keep a white blanket in place, to guard their “patient’s” privacy. Her name, they have been told on a slip of paper, is Miss Howard, she has weakness on her left side, and their assignment is to take turns practising giving her a partial bath, working as if their plastic patient were a real person.

O’Dell and El Hilali stand out in the room, two of a handful of male students in Algonquin’s one-year personal-support worker program, which is dominated, as is the profession, by women.

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Alberta helps non-profits save money

January 10, 2016
Alberta Government

Non-profit and volunteer agencies will benefit from a $1-million grant to complete energy efficiency audits.

Organizations can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by determining areas for energy efficiency improvements.

The Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program will provide funding to help non-profit and volunteer groups determine how efficient their current lighting, heating, cooling and hot water systems are. Equipped with audit information, agencies can then take advantage of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program, which offers incentives for the purchase and installation of high-efficiency products.

Read more at https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=4509095763011-A462-BD1A-7EC06B4AF6182979

WCB Review - Chair Update

January 3, 2017

New information has been added to the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Review website – Chair Blog, December 2016.

A meeting was held in Calgary on December 16, 2016 to discuss presumptive coverage in the workers’ compensation system.

Please follow the link https://www.alberta.ca/wcb-review-panel.aspx to review this information. Thank you for your interest in the review.

As a reminder, the Panel will continue to receive submissions until January 9, 2017.  Get involved!

Federal OSHA solicits comments on a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings

December 21, 2016
Lexology - Baker & Hostetler LLP

US - On Dec. 7, 2016, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a request for information (RFI) to solicit information on a potential standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. Currently, federal OSHA has no standard addressing prevention of workplace violence for healthcare facilities. OSHA’s RFI follows the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Cal/OSHA’s) action on Oct. 21, 2016, adopting a state standard intended to reduce workplace violence against healthcare workers in California. As discussed in a prior alert, Cal/OSHA’s standard is by far the strictest occupational safety and health regulation in the country governing workplace violence for healthcare workers.

Read more at http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=20326932-f3a1-46f4-9364-3bdde8379c0b