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.

Supporting healthcare workers’ mental health is good for patient care

October 2, 2018
The Globe and Mail - Bill Howatt and Louise Bradley

The benefits of entrenching psychological health and safety in the workplace can no longer be dismissed. In healthcare settings, psychological health and safety is inherently linked to improved patient care. The healthcare sector has embraced the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace(the Standard) to great effect and is bringing the mental health conversation into workplaces across the country.

At Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General, major changes are underway. Since the implementation of the Standard, the hospital has seen fewer days absent, decreased disability costs and improved patient engagement. These positive strides reflect the importance of nurturing the resilience and mental wellness of workers who are engaged in more stressful duties than the average employee.

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WCB - changes to employer premium rate statements

September 25, 2018

WCB has updated the look and simplified the messaging on employer's premium rate statements, making it easier to understand. As a result of this upgrade, the first statement employers receive after September 24th will contain more details than the typical summary statement provides. Click on the links below to view examples.

What do employers spend to protect the health and safety of workers

September 25, 2018
Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

While the financial costs of work-related injury and illness are well known, limited information is available on what employers spend to control or eliminate the causes of work-related injury and illness. This Issue Briefing describes the results of a 2017 study to estimate occupational health and safety expenditures among employers from 17 economic sectors in Ontario, Canada.

Work-related injury and illness are preventable (Chambers et al, 2015). Employers can reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses by investing in safer technologies, providing coordination and management of health and safety policies and practices, providing workers with personal protective equipment, and providing training to workers and their supervisors. Workers can reduce the risk of injury by following safe work practices.

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‘It’s depressing’: Northern Alberta woman raises questions over senior lodge admission policy

September 24, 2018
Edmonton Journal - Emma Graney

An 87-year-old Bonnyville woman who can’t secure a place at her local seniors lodge wants the province to re-examine how it develops wait lists.

Zoe Bleau has lived in the northern Alberta town for close to 50 years, spending decades volunteering and raising her family.

After a series of bad falls, her doctors recommended she live in a seniors lodge where she will be around people — a safer environment for Bleau than living at home.

She wants to relocate to Bonny Lodge, but the government scoring matrix used to place seniors into lodges is working against her.

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