Cedarwood Lodge issues statement


Staff and management at Cedarwood Lodge, a long-term care facility in Sault Ste. Marie, continue to address the compliance orders raised by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

‘The Ministry issued six orders that needed to be addressed. As a result, last month, it told
Cedarwood it had to stop taking in new residents while it focused on the issues and existing
clients. The orders centre around gaps in internal communications and how that affected the
following of policies and procedures. Cedarwood has 50 beds, 47 beds are occupied. Currently, only 3 beds are vacant.

Cedarwood continues to work with the Ministry to address the orders. At the end of the day, these shortcomings were unacceptable and beneath the bar Cedarwood Lodge sets for itself.
Out of respect for the regulatory process and the privacy of our residents and families, Cedarwood won’t be able to make any further public comment or interviews at this time. Our focus is, and must be, on the residents we serve and families who need us.’


  1. The order given by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care to stop admitting people to Cedarwood was as a result of the findings that the 15 areas of non-compliance at Cedarwood “pose serious risk of harm to the health or well-being of residents in the home.” One of the sentences in the report reads, “not ensuring that staff and others collaborate with each other in the assessment of the resident and development and implementation of the care plan, specifically that a physician’s orders were changed without authorization from the physician.”

    It is one thing to prevent others from being admitted but what about the health and well-being of the residents who are still there?

    Cedarwood is privatized meaning that it is owned by a company that takes its profit off the top before any money goes to pay the staff who takes care of the residents or to buy the supplies they need like briefs, rubber gloves and cleaning supplies. There is a quota of how many briefs are used for each resident. Past that, the family pays or the resident stays in soiled briefs.

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  2. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.
    Things have been really horrible there for a very long time.
    It’s past time for you to walk the walk.

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