Ontario Increases Protection in Elgin-Middlesex-London Long-Term Care Homes

Published on January 26, 2021

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON— Jeff Yurek, MPP announced the Ontario government is investing an additional $4.8M to increase prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes in the London region during the second wave of COVID-19.

 

The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community by covering eligible expenses related to:

 

  • An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure, and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;
  • Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry-out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
  • Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home; and
  • Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.

 

Homes in Elgin-Middlesex-London receiving additional funding during the second wave include: 

 

  • Bobier Villais receiving an additional $39,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $278,700
  • Caressant Care on Bonnie Placeis receiving an additional $92,300, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $789,100
  • Caressant Care on Mary Buckeis receiving an additional $67,000, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $471,000
  • Chartwell Aylmer Long Term Care Residence is receiving an additional $199,400, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $506,400
  • Elgin Manoris receiving an additional $78,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $363,900
  • Extendicare Port Stanleyis receiving an additional $39,000, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $387,000
  • Terrace Lodgeis receiving an additional $129,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $498,900
  • The Village of Glendale Crossingis receiving an additional $420,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $848,700
  • Valleyview Homeis receiving an additional $119,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $469,200
  • Chelsey Parkis receiving an additional $606,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,735,600
  • Extendicare London is receiving an additional $184,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $763,900
  • McGarrell Placeis receiving an additional $186,600, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $679,600
  • Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Careis receiving an additional $585,000, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $2,213,600
  • Elmwood Place is receiving an additional $107,300, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $750,700
  • McCormick Homeis receiving an additional $102,000, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $485,000
  • peopleCare Oakcrossing Londonis receiving an additional $752,200, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,483,200
  • Westmount Gardens Long Term Care Homeis receiving an additional $140,300, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $813,300
  • Dearness Home for Senior Citizens is receiving an additional $156,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $656,000
  • Earls Court Villageis receiving an additional $206,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $871,000
  • Henley Placeis receiving an additional $163,300, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,045,100
  • Kensington Villageis receiving an additional $92,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $587,100
  • Meadow Park (London)is receiving an additional $123,000, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $850,400

 
“It is critical that our long-term care homes receive the resources they need to keep our loved ones safe,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP. “The provincial government is enhancing financial support for homes in all of our communities as we continue to weather the storm of COVID-19.”

 

Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario government has invested $1.38 billion to ensure that our long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle COVID-19.

 

“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep them safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken quick and decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to care for our loved ones.”

Once an outbreak is declared in a home, the province continues to work alongside local public health units, hospital partners, the local health integration networks and all health sector partners to help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations.

To address long-standing staffing challenges, the government has launched one of the largest recruitment and training drives in the province’s history, to deliver on its commitment to provide an average of four hours of daily direct care for residents. This will make Ontario the Canadian leader in the provision of care. To implement its staffing plan, Ontario is increasing annual investments, culminating in $1.9 billion contributed annually by 2024-25, to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses in long-term care.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • During the second wave, the province has enhanced testing requirementsfor long-term care homes, and deployed rapid tests through a proof-of-concept program, recognizing the importance of identifying a case of the virus before it can spread from the community into a long-term care home.

 

  • The province’s vaccine strategyprioritizes the most vulnerable populations first, including health care workers and residents of long-term care homes, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus. The government has committed that the residents and staff in all long-term care homes in Ontario will be vaccinated by February 15, 2021 if they want to be vaccinated.

 

  • To address urgent staffing challenges in long-term care homes, hospitals have deployed rapid response teams of health care professionals. Additionally, the Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support program is recruiting Resident Support Aides. The province has also put in place a Personal Support Worker Return of Service program and is fast tracking Personal Support Worker education and providing supports for new nursing graduates. Community paramedics have also assisted in homes, providing care and help with testing.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

A Better Place to Live; A Better Place to Work: Ontario’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan

 

Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19

 

2020 Ontario Budget/Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover

 

Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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