Policies and Standards
Salem Home strives to be an innovative leader in the delivery of Long Term Care. We provide a living environment for the residents, and a work environment for the staff, compatible with the overall mission at Salem Home and promotes relationships at all levels. We succeed in creating this environment by being committed to our core values of compassion, dignity, excellence and faith and by implementing policies and standards.
Policies set the foundation for the delivery of safe and effective quality care, and offer guidelines to help everyone understand roles, responsibilities and decisions.
Standards ensure consistency, expectations, and conditions for practice, while also providing a benchmark for quality measurement and improvement.
Medical Assistance in Dying (M.A.i.D.)
In 2017, Manitoba Government passed a policy that permits Medical Assistance in Dying. Since legalization, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living along with health care providers have worked to create a balance between residents’ rights to access medical assistance in dying and health care providers’ rights to religious freedom.
Salem Home’s Statement of Beliefs and Convictions Regarding the Sanctity of Life
- We believe that all life originates as a creative expression of God.
- We believe that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception until the day we die.
- We believe that God has the ultimate authority and determinative power in regards to the time of our conception and birth, and our death.
- We recognize that pain and suffering can be a very real and ongoing condition for some people. Medical knowledge should be used to provide remediation and comfort.
- We believe that using medical means to intentionally hasten death is not ethically or morally appropriate, whether determined by the individual, or others involved in their care, or collaboratively.
(Genesis 1: 26, 27, 28; Genesis 2:7, 22; Genesis 9:6; Genesis 27:2; Deuteronomy 32:39; Joshua 1:5; Job 14:5; Job 27:2-4; Job 33:4; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 90:1 – 12; Psalm 139:14,16,17; Isaiah 40:31; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 1:5; Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:3-7; Matthew 25:40; Matthew 28:16-20; John 11:4; Acts 17:24,25; Romans 5:5; Romans 8:28; Romans 14:18; I Corinthians 3:16, 17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 11:7; I Corinthians 15:54; II Corinthians 4:17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 1:21; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 2:14, 15; Hebrews 9:27; Hebrews 13:5, 14; James 3:9; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:4)
As a result, of these beliefs and convictions, Salem Home will not provide MAID services in its personal care home.
It will however, reaffirm its commitment to provide quality palliative and end-of-life care, as well as compassionate support for dying persons and their families through all stages of life including:
- Providing and honoring resident self-determination through the use of advance care planning, goals of care designation, and/or personal directives, including the role of substitute decision-makers/agents acting on behalf of the resident;
- Offering quality palliative and end-of-life care that addresses physical, psychological and spiritual needs to residents who are dying and their families;
- Delivering effective and timely pain and symptom management by health care professionals who are knowledgeable in pain and symptom management to lessen pain and suffering.
- Should a resident or family member of a resident of Salem Home inquire about the availability of MAiD, the Director of Resident Care Services of Salem Home will provide the individual with contact information relating to the MAiD team and/or Health Links-info Sante in a timely manner.
- Salem Home, in a non-discriminatory manner, will uphold its duty for care and will NOT abandon any resident in its facility.
If you require a copy of Salem Home’s MAiD policy, contact us
We are accredited through Accreditation Canada. This means we meet nationally developed organizational and care standards as measured against other long term care facilities. In 2003, the Behavior Treatment Unit was recognized by Accreditation Canada as a Best Practice, and 2012, the model of care we have adopted “Relationship Centered Care” was recognized as a Leading Practice.
Manitoba PCH Standards Review
We are also required to meet the Personal Care Home Standards legislated by the Manitoba Government. Standards visits are made by Manitoba Health every two years.