Extendicare tight-lipped on Rainycrest negotations

Extendicare Inc. has acknowledged talking with the board of management for Rainycrest Home for the Aged here, but declined to comment on the details.
“They’ve asked for help from us, and we’re currently talking to them about whether or not we can help,” Sheena Campbell, communications consultant with Extendicare Canada in Markham, Ont., said Wednesday.
Extendicare is a private health care company that owns and operates long-term care facilities across North America.
When asked what generally happens to the existing management staff at a facility when Extendicare takes over, Campbell replied, “We don’t discuss details. Every situation is an individual one.”
Rainycrest’s decision to pursue negotiations with Extendicare to provide interim management services there has sparked opposition from its unionized staff, relatives of the home’s residents, and district councils.
As reported in Wednesday’s Times, about 50 people turned out for a meeting Tuesday morning to urge the board to keep Rainycrest in public hands.
But a motion to “cease and desist” negotiations with Extendicare, moved by Fort Frances Coun. Neil Kabel, died because no one else on the board would second it.
Extendicare was founded in 1968 and purchased its first nursing home in Ottawa in 1969. In 1975, Extendicare launched ParaMed Home Health Care, now Canada’s largest home health-care provider.
“We have an excellent record of quality,” Campbell noted.
“We have established rigorous standards to ensure that we meet the physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of our residents and health-care customers,” Extendicare’s website reads.
“Our goal is to be the provider of choice in every community we serve.
“We measure success by our ability to give exceptional care and service to residents and partners, while building value for our shareholders,” it adds.
In Canada, Extendicare runs 76 nursing centres, four assisted living and retirement centres, and one hospital. Most of them are located in Ontario, with others in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
Of its 81 facilities in Canada, Extendicare owns 45 of them, manages 27, and leases nine.
They had a total resident capacity of 11,106 in Canada as of Sept. 30, 2004.
The company also runs 185 homes in the United States, with a resident capacity of 16,607.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)