Ontario Putting Prince Edward County Seniors at the Centre of a Connected Health Care System
PICTON — Across the province, there are over 34,000 Ontarians waiting to get into a long-term care home, straining the health care system and leaving patients waiting too long for care. That's why Ontario's Government for the People is delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds in communities across Ontario.
Today, Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined by Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home in Picton to announce that the government is adding 76 new long-term care beds and upgrading 84 existing beds to modern design standards.
"Ontario's seniors deserve access to safe, comfortable and modern spaces in which they can receive the high-quality care they need," said Fullerton. "We committed to the people of Ontario during the election that we would end hallway health care and we are delivering on that promise. Our government has fulfilled more than half of our promise to add 15,000 new long-term care spaces across Ontario over five years and we will continue to accept applications for more projects."
When complete, the home will include specialized services for behavioral, dialysis, dementia and patients recovering from an illness or injury. The new long-term care bed allocations in Picton are part of the government's commitment to add 15,000 long-term care beds in five years. These new beds will help take pressure off hospitals, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently and provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.
"After 15 years of old ways of thinking and failed models of care that have left Ontarians waiting and families unsupported, our government has a better way," said Fullerton. "We are building a new and innovative long-term care sector that will address the needs of patients now and well into the future. We are providing long-term care providers with more flexibility to allocate their funding to priority areas. In doing so, we can better empower homes to be more responsive to the needs of their patients while also maintaining patient safety and the highest quality of care."
The government will continue to work with Ontario's long-term care sector to identify additional opportunities to enhance funding models that protect patient safety and ensure high standards of care.