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Lack of staff, baths a concern in Saskatchewan long-term care homes

REGINA — Residents of long-term care homes in Saskatchewan and their families have concerns about staffing levels and a lack of baths in the facilities.

The comments are in reports compiled after health authority CEOs toured facilities across the province to see what's working well and what can be improved.

In many of the reports, residents say they would like to have baths more than once a week.

Residents and staff also say that aging nurse call systems often break down and there isn't enough staff, especially in the evening or overnight.

One resident and family council in Saskatoon says residents believe their care is being compromised due to low staffing levels.

The Saskatchewan government put up $10 million in October 2013 to address urgent issues in care homes and boosted that a further $3.8 million in December 2013 to address ongoing pressures.

The Canadian Press

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