Sunderland retirement home has its licence revoked

UPDATE: The Township of Brock released a statement about the order Tuesday (July 27).

Brock Township releases statement about Dre’s Lodge in Sunderland

A Sunderland retirement home will have its licence to operate revoked following a range of issues in recent months.

According to an order issued by the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority on July 20, those running Dre’s Lodge are “not competent to operate the home in a responsible manner” in accordance with provincial regulations and municipal bylaws.

It also notes that the past conduct of the licensee does not afford “reasonable grounds” to believe the home will be operated with “honesty and integrity” and in a manner that would not be “prejudicial to the health safety and welfare of the residents.”

“The revocation is effective six months after the date of issue unless that date is extended,” the order reads.

Back in February, the RHRA issued a summary order requiring that a manager be retained to oversee all operations at the home after it was cited for numerous infractions during inspections throughout 2020.

Regulatory agency takes action against Sunderland retirement home

They included:

– Receiving a complaint about sexual abuse and providing no evidence of an investigation (inspection date Dec. 21);

– Failing to provide a resident with appropriate assistance to determine why they were not eating and refusing medications. This resulted in harm to the resident, according to a report (Dec. 15);

– Not documenting an investigation following alleged abuse of a resident (Sept. 28);

– Concerns about resident neglect involving living conditions that did not meet “acceptable standards” regarding cleanliness and general repair (June 25); and,

– Numerous instances of failing to comply with provincial directives surrounding COVID-19 including the screening of residents and staff and the lack of an established visitor policy. On one occasion, the inspector from the RHRA was not screened upon entry and two staff members working in the home were not wearing masks, according to a report.

Other issues of non-compliance were uncovered during inspections in January and February of this year, not finalized until April, mostly related to the development of appropriate care plans for residents.

An inspection in June noted that the licensee failed to ensure that residents were being provided a snack during the day, as well as several issues related to the administration of drugs at the facility.

“The licensee failed to record medications had been administered. Further, there was no written evidence that medications had been prescribed. Medications were not secured as prescribed. The licensee was unable to demonstrate that a staff member administering medications has been trained as prescribed,” the inspection report reads.

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