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LONG TERM CARE INFORMATION ACT

LONG TERM CARE INFORMATION ACT

Chapter L‑22

Preamble

WHEREAS providing support to individuals who need long-term care is a priority for all Albertans;

WHEREAS providing information about options for long-term care in an easily understandable and accessible format is an essential component of supporting Albertans who need long-term care; and

WHEREAS enhancing transparency and accountability in the long-term care system will benefit all Albertans;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

Definitions

1   In this Act,

                           (a)    “accommodation charge” means a charge payable by a resident for accommodations and meals provided in a nursing home or auxiliary hospital, as further defined in the regulations;


                           (b)    “additional charge” means a charge payable by a resident in a nursing home or auxiliary hospital, other than an accommodation charge, as further defined in the regulations;

                           (c)    “auxiliary hospital” has the meaning given to it in the Hospitals Act;

                           (d)    “Minister” means the Minister determined under section 16 of the Government Organization Act as the Minister responsible for this Act;

                           (e)    “nursing home” has the meaning given to it in the Nursing Homes Act;

                            (f)    “operator” means

                                  (i)    an operator as defined in the Nursing Homes Act, and

                                (ii)    a board, as defined in Part 2 of the Hospitals Act, of an auxiliary hospital;

                           (g)    “resident” means a person who resides at an auxiliary hospital or nursing home;

                           (h)    “resident and family council” has the meaning given to it in the Resident and Family Councils Act.

 

Online registry

2(1)  Within 12 months of the coming into force of this Act, the Minister shall establish a publicly accessible online registry to disseminate information with respect to each auxiliary hospital and nursing home in Alberta, which, subject to the regulations, includes the following:

                           (a)    operator name and contact information, including a mailing address and telephone number;

                           (b)    description of the type of operator;

                           (c)    description of the type of facility;

                           (d)    total number of residents that may reside at the operator’s facility and a description of the intake process for that facility;

                           (e)    details of the services provided at the operator’s facility;

                            (f)    accommodation charges payable by residents, if any;

                           (g)    additional charges payable by residents, if any;

                           (h)    date on which the operator’s facility was established, suspended or dissolved pursuant to the Nursing Homes Act or the Hospitals Act, as the case may be;

                            (i)    description of the status of the resident and family council, if any, at the operator’s facility, including the date on which the resident and family council was established;

                            (j)    description of the accreditation status of the operator’s facility under the Nursing Homes Act or the Hospitals Act, as the case may be;

                           (k)    results of any inspections conducted under section 12 of the Nursing Homes Act or any investigations conducted under section 27 of the Hospitals Act, if any;

                            (l)    any other information the Minister considers appropriate.

(2)  The Minister shall ensure that the information contained in the registry established under subsection (1) is updated periodically as required, but at least every 6 months.

 

Information to Minister

3   An operator shall provide the Minister with any information required under section 2(1) at the times and in the form and manner required by the Minister.

 

Regulations

4   The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations

                           (a)    further defining or describing “accommodation charge” for the purpose of section 1(a);

                           (b)    further defining or describing “additional charge” for the purpose of section 1(b);

                           (c)    establishing types of operators for the purposes of section 2(1)(b);

                           (d)    establishing types of facilities for the purposes of section 2(1)(c);

                           (e)    respecting the description of the intake process to an operator’s facility for the purposes of section 2(1)(d);

                            (f)    respecting the details of the services provided at an operator’s facility for the purposes of section 2(1)(e);

                           (g)    respecting the description of the status of a resident and family council for the purposes of section 2(1)(i);

                           (h)    respecting the description of the accreditation status of the operator’s facility for the purposes of section 2(1)(j);

                            (i)    defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

                            (j)    respecting any other matter or thing that the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary for carrying out the intent of this Act.