The Commission sets out proposals to improve civil rights in Saskatchewan’s long-term care facilities. Many are unfamiliar with rights in long-term care, including how to assert those rights and seek remedy for their breach. The Commission’s focus in this report is on violations involving non-physical abuse that are not effectively addressed by existing protocols.
There is grave concern among families and professionals over the treatment of residents of special care homes. This discussion addresses the adequacy of existing civil rights protections, whether Saskatchewan should legislate a Residents’ Bill of Rights, and how to investigate and protect the civil rights of residents.
Saskatchewan uses a flexible model that recognizes the civil rights of children and expands these rights based on age and circumstance. The Law Reform Commission does not recommend changing Saskatchewan’s philosophy in this area, although it should be codified with more clarity, and amendments should be made to The Infants Act.