Increased safety for seniors living in residential facilities | Protecteur du Citoyen
May 31, 2012

Increased safety for seniors living in residential facilities

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In a letter addressed to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, dated May 24, the Ombudsperson expressed her support for draft regulations recently published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, which follow up on some recommendations she made for senior citizens' safety.

The new regulations amend the Building Code and the Safety Code, in particular to limit the temperature of hot water coming from shower heads and bath faucets in all private senior citizens homes and care facilities, regardless of when the building was built. In 2010, the Ombudsman intervened on behalf of a resident living in a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) who died after suffering from severe burns caused by prolonged exposure to water that was too hot.