May 21, 2019 County Council Highlights

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario Best Practice Spotlight Organization
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has developed a Long-Term Care Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) designation program and process where Long-Term Care Homes partner with RNAO to implement multiple best practice guidelines over a three (3) year period. In February 2019, County of Elgin Homes were successful in achieving acceptance into the program.
The goals of the County of Elgin Homes are:
1. To increase nursing capacity and leadership across the organization and ensure compliance with legislation;
2. To enhance the quality of life of residents and families through the implementation of the Best Practice Guidelines chosen by the Homes (reduce the number of falls resulting in injury, reduction of physical restraints, and prevention of new/worsening pressure ulcers);
3. To streamline processes and minimize duplication for staff; and
4. To support the Homes in achieving ongoing “good standing” performance ratings with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The overall goal for the County of Elgin Homes is to become “The Home where residents want to live, and the Home where staff want to work”.

Excellence in Resident Centred Care (ERCC)
In August 2018, two of Elgin County’s Long-Term Care Homes, Elgin Manor and Bobier Villa, received funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the Personal Support Worker Excellence in Resident Centred Care Education program. Through this program, staff have access to a number of courses and training programs including palliative care, safety and mobility, continence, infection prevention and control, oral care, nutrition and hydration, and pain and comfort. This program empowers residents to have a voice and participate in all levels of their care.

Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project Update
The design phase of the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project is well underway. The Construction Manager Request for Proposal has been issued and interviews will take place in early June. Two public consultations, to be conducted by staff and the architect, have been scheduled for June 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The public consultations are open to all staff, residents, families, visitors, contracted service providers, and neighbours. Click here for the full update report.

2019/2020 Ambulance Funding
The Ontario Government recently announced that funding for Land Ambulance Services will be frozen at 2018/2019 rates in an effort to find savings as they plan to regionalize this service. The County is anticipating more information from the province about how this service will be delivered in the future. To view the full report, please click here.

Elgin Manor Wastewater Treatment Plant Train #1 Rehabilitation
Immediate rehabilitation work is required on the Elgin Manor Wastewater Treatment Plant. County Council awarded the contract to Dielco Industrial Contractors Ltd. in the amount of $73,900 plus H.S.T. and approved bringing forward $85,000 from the 2021 capital budget to complete the project. Click here for more details.

Traffic Impact Study Funding
Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) are used to assess the potential impact of traffic generated by a proposed development or redevelopment and to identify the roadway improvements required to ensure the road network will operate safely and efficiently upon completion of the development. Studies initiated by Elgin’s partner municipalities may also be of value to the County for its own planning decisions. The County is interested in developing an equal funding partnership with Elgin’s partner municipalities for TIS that are mutually beneficial to both the County and the requesting municipality. For more information, click here to view the full report.

Healthy Communities Partnership – Elgin County Trails Study
Representatives from the Healthy Communities Partnership shared the Elgin County Trails Study with County Council. County Council supports trail development as part of an integrated approach to promoting healthy communities and will continue to support the work of the Healthy Communities Partnership and local municipal partners as well; County Council is committed to considering the recommendations in the report as part of their strategic planning process in the fall of 2019.

The complete May 21, 2019 County Council Agenda package can be found here.