Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term Care in Elgin-Middlesex-LondonPublished on March 18, 2021
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects, including three in the Elgin-Middlesex-London region that will lead to 141 new and 307 upgraded long-term care spaces. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
The projects are:
- Extendicare Port Stanley is being allocated 68 new spaces and 60 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 128-bed home through the construction of a new building in Port Stanley.
- Joseph’s Health Care London is being allocated 160 upgraded spaces for Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care. The project will result in a 337-bed home through the construction of a new building in London.
- Southbridge Chelsey Park, in London, is being allocated 73 new spaces and 87 upgraded spaces. The renovation project will result in a 160-bed home in London and will be part of a campus of care.
In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Province-wide, these investments also support key government priorities, including eliminating three and four bed ward rooms, creating campuses of care and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.
“The number of people in Elgin-Middlesex who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
“Today’s announcement means that Extendicare Port Stanley can be redeveloped to modern design standards. Extendicare’s vision for this home will meet the needs of residents now and into the future, including flexible space for restorative and palliative care, increased privacy and enhanced resident activity areas. This new project will provide increased long-term care capacity in the region, offering an additional 68 seniors in our community the care they need. We thank Minister Yurek and the Government of Ontario for making the future of long-term care a priority in this province.”
-Anthony McKenzie, Regional Director Southwestern Ontario, Extendicare
“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need when they need it,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment.”
Criteria for selecting the projects being announced today included:
- Upgrading older homes in response to lessons learned around improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms;
- Adding spaces to areas where there is high need;
- Addressing the growing needs of diverse groups, including Francophone and Indigenous communities; and/or,
- Promoting campuses of care to better address the specialized care needs of residents.
- These projects are part Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.
- As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
- Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.
- Ontario is investing $933 million in these projects provincewide, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years.
- With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
- Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.
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