Increasing Access To Modern Long-Term Care Homes
McGuinty Government Redeveloping More Than 4,100 Long-Term Care Home Beds
Residents in long-term care homes can look forward to more modern and comfortable living as the province redevelops more than 4,100 beds across Ontario.
Ontario is rebuilding 4,183 existing beds and updating facilities at 37 long-term care homes. This is part of the government's plan to redevelop 35,000 older beds over 10 years to help improve access to long-term care throughout the province.
The redeveloped homes will meet the most modern design standards and will feature greater wheelchair access for residents in private and public spaces. The redeveloped homes are expected to be completed as early as 2012.
This phase of the government's renewal strategy will help create or sustain approximately 4,000 jobs in Ontario.
- Since 2003, the government has redeveloped 8,032 new long-term care beds and will be opening an additional 1,942 more beds over the next few years.
“It's all about comfort and safety, and how important that is to residents and their families. I'm pleased we can redevelop our long-term care beds and give residents a higher quality of life in a more comfortable, home-like setting.”
“We applaud government for beginning to ensure that all residents will have access to modern standards of physical comfort, privacy and dignity," said Christina Bisanz, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. "We have long supported the renewal of older homes as an investment in the quality of care and quality of life that residents need and deserve.”
“This announcement marks the start of a long term commitment by the government to improve the quality of life of residents. Through this support, homes will be able to create modern and comfortable living environments that Ontarians can be proud of for many years to come.”