Brockton mayor looks forward to change in structure of county’s homes committee

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody, who chairs the county’s homes committee, is looking forward to a change in the committee structure regarding long-term care homes.

During Thursday’s meeting of the county’s homes committee, a recommendation is coming forward to revise the committee’s name to the long-term care homes committee of management.

Peabody said he’s been seeking the change for some time. “It reflects the more serious nature of governance,” he said. He explained it’s not unlike the increased responsibilities involved in managing a water system.

Said Peabody, “I’ve never been comfortable with the committee (the present system). The change will enhance the significance of caring for our most vulnerable citizens.”

According to the county report, a committee of management “has oversight functions to ensure the corporation complies with the Long-Term Care Homes Act … Every member of the committee of management shall exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances, and take such measures as necessary to ensure that the corporation complies with requirements under the Act.”

Peabody also commented on the COVID-19 outbreak at Brucelea Haven. “As with everything in this pandemic, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is we entered green … and on the same day, the bad news was an outbreak at Brucelea Haven. Let’s keep the staff member who tested positive in our prayers.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times