Ontario Investing in New Long-Term Care Beds in NiagaraPublished on September 10, 2019
Grimsby - Across the province, there are more than 34,000 Ontarians waiting to get into a long-term care home, putting strain on the health care system and leaving residents waiting too long for the care they desperately need. The government is taking swift action and delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds in communities across Ontario.
Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined by Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, as well as MPPs Sam Oosterhoff and Will Bouma at Shalom Manor and Gardens in Grimsby to announce the government is allocating almost 1,000 new long-term care beds and upgrading almost 800 existing beds to modern design in Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton and Niagara. Of these, Shalom Manor has been allocated 128 beds for its New Build project in Hamilton.
"Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario," said Dr. Fullerton.
"These new long-term care bed allocations are part of our government’s commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds over the next five years to give Ontarians the care they need, when they need it."
The new beds will help take pressure off of hospitals, allowing doctors and nurses to work more efficiently and provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.
"Adding new long-term care beds and upgrading older beds to modern design at Shalom Manor, and across the region, is key to our government’s transformational strategy to end hallway health care in Ontario," said MPP Oosterhoff.
"We owe it to the older generations who need care now, and for our children. One day, they will need this care too."
The government is continuing to work with our long-term care sector to ensure the system is responsive to the needs of Ontarians by increasing access and reducing waitlists, while also maintaining patient safety and ensuring high standards of care.
"With an aging population and substantial wait times in our hospitals, the investment of these beds will mean more access to frontline care for Niagara’s seniors," added MPP Oosterhoff.
"Our government is listening to the people of Niagara and Hamilton, and following through on our commitment to build thousands of new long term care beds in communities across the region. These beds will help end hallway healthcare and give the care those who built our province up expect and deserve."
Through today’s announcement, Ontario is allocating almost 1,000 new beds in the regions of Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton and Niagara and upgrading almost 800 existing beds to modern design. This is part of the government’s commitment to add 15,000 new long-term care beds and upgrade 15,000 existing beds across the province within five years.
The long-term care development projects will improve access in these communities by:
- Allocating 128 new beds to the Shalom Manor New Build project in Hamilton.
- Allocating 192 new beds to the Clappison's Corners project in Hamilton.
- Allocating 128 new beds to the Baywoods Place project in Hamilton, which will enable an additional 128 existing beds to be upgraded.
- Building 96 new beds and upgrading 64 existing beds as part of the Westhills Care Centre project in St. Catharines
- Allocating 13 new beds to the Linhaven Long-Term Care Home project in St. Catharines, which will enable the upgrade of an additional 226 existing beds.
- Building 81 new beds and upgrading 41 existing beds as part of the Pleasant Manor project in Virgil.
- Building 66 new beds and upgrading 62 existing beds as part of the Foyer Richelieu Welland project in Welland.
- Allocating 64 new beds to the Royal Rose Place project in Welland.
- Building 10 new beds to the Bell Court Encompassed Care Unit project in Brantford.
- Allocating 70 new beds and upgrading 90 existing beds to the Fox Ridge Care Community project in Brantford.
- Allocating 68 new beds and upgrading 60 existing beds to the New Anson Place project.
- Allocating 14 new beds and upgrading 50 existing beds toward the redevelopment of Iroquois Lodge New Build project in Ohsweken.
- Allocating 58 new beds and upgrading 70 existing beds to the Dover Cliffs project in Port Dover.