Interior Health takes control of seniors home in Summerland due to concerns of inadequate care

An Okanagan privately-owned long-term care facility has been temporarily placed under government management due to concerns about the inadequate care of seniors.

The administrator was appointed by Interior Health’s board of directors to manage the day-to-day long-term care operations of Summerland Seniors Village.

Summerland Seniors Village is owned by a Chinese holding company and is operated by West Coast Seniors Housing Management.

After numerous site visits by the Interior Health Authority (IHA), chief medical health officer Dr. Sue Pollock determined that the operator was unable to meet the legislated standards of care for residents, it said in a media release.

“Ensuring that seniors living in publicly funded, long-term care are receiving the high quality, safe and dignified care they need and deserve is Interior Health’s top priority and is at the heart of this decision,” said IHA board chair Dr. Doug Cochrane.

According to a Feb. 10, 2020, inspection report, concerns include neglect of persons in care. The licensing officer uncovered notes of licensed practical nurses sleeping on the job, missed medications and incomplete shift reports.

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