Ontario Investing in New Long-Term Care Beds in North and South Dundas
Province building healthier communities by supporting projects to help end hallway health care
WINCHESTER — Today, the Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined by Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, at Dundas Manor Long-Term Care Home to announce that funding has been approved for 30 new long-term care beds and the redevelopment of 98 existing beds at the home in Winchester, Ontario.
The funding approval is the next step towards getting shovels in the ground and getting beds built. These new and redeveloped beds will help take pressure off hospitals, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently, and provide better, faster health care for patients and their families in North and South Dundas.
"We all have a family member, a loved one or friend who has needed long-term care, and many of us will one day need it ourselves. We will all be touched by it in some way," said Minister Fullerton. "Our government is working hard to build long-term care beds faster and more efficiently so our province's most vulnerable can receive the care they need."
Currently, too many Ontarians are unable to access the long-term care they need, when and where they need it. The government is investing in long-term care across the province to create new and modern spaces to help end hallway health care.
"This is another example of how our government is acting swiftly to create 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years," said MPP McDonell. "Creating new long-term care beds and redeveloping older beds in North and South Dundas is key to ensuring more seniors get the support and high-quality care they need close to home."
"Congratulations to Dundas Manor! We applaud the government for this important investment to expand access to long term care in rural Ontario where it is desperately needed," said Lisa Levin, CEO, AdvantAge Ontario. "These new and redeveloped beds will help local seniors stay in their own community - where they want to be - for as long as possible."
- To date, over 50 percent of the new beds have been allocated, totaling 7,889 beds.
- The government recently announced the launch of a study on staffing in long-term care led by an expert advisory panel that will inform the development and implementation of a staffing strategy by the end of 2020.
- The government is now accepting applications from current and potential operators to build new long-term care beds and redevelop existing ones. Interested parties can submit an online application until March 31, 2020.