A new Saskatchewan government program will see several long-term care homes conducted over the next several months across the province.

On Tuesday, the government announced the launch of a new long-term care home inspection program that will have inspectors from the Ministry of Health visit 20 residences.

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The government said in a statement Tuesday that the facilities were chosen “to reflect an urban-rural balance, and a range of small, medium and large households.”

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of residents and staff in our long-term care homes,” Senior Minister Everett Hindley said in a statement.

“Together with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, we have improved our oversight of long-term care homes over the years. This inspection program is a further step in our efforts to help ensure that our seniors live safely and comfortably in their communities. “

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The inspections began Tuesday and will be completed by the end of March 2022, according to the ministry. Upon completion, long-term care homes will be inspected periodically on a three-year cycle.

The ministry said the reviews will assess compliance with guidelines, regulations and policies that Saskatchewan long-term care homes must follow “to provide safe and effective care.”

There are 151 long-term care homes and 10 other long-term care bed facilities in Saskatchewan.

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