New Long-Term Care Beds for Francophone Seniors
Ontario Supporting Seniors, Caregivers and Families with 5,000 New Long-Term Care Beds By 2022
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Eastern Ontario today to meet with long-term care providers and residents to talk about how hundreds of new beds will increase access for high-quality long-term care for Ontario's Francophone seniors.
Premier Wynne was joined today by Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, where Ontario will be adding 78 new long-term care (LTC) beds for Francophone seniors — part of an overall commitment of more than 500 new beds for Francophone seniors across the province. These new beds will be in addition to the existing 146 beds at the Prescott and Russell Residence that will be redeveloped to form a new 224-bed home.
New long-term care beds in Eastern Ontario will mean more Francophone seniors will be able to access quality services in French, which will enable better communications with care providers, and ensure a higher quality of life for long-term care home residents.
This expansion is part of the government's plan to create 5,000 new beds by 2022, and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade — on top of the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy. Ontario is also investing more than $300 million over the next three years to hire an additional registered nurse at every LTC home, and to increase the provincial average to four hours of daily care per resident by 2022.
These investments, as well as a substantial 4.6 per cent increase in funding for the hospital sector and more support for home care, will improve access to care and reduce wait times in the health system to better meet the needs of a growing and aging population.
The government is also improving life for more seniors by:
- Expanding OHIP+ in 2019 to make prescription drugs free for everyone 65 and over
- Investing $650 million in new funding over three years to improve home and community care services
- Creating the Seniors' Healthy Home Program to help those 75 and over offset the costs of living independently with a $750 annual credit.
Making long-term care better and more accessible is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free licensed preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Through the 2018 Budget, Ontario is making more than $3.3 billion in additional investments to support seniors and caregivers over the next three years.
- These long-term care home projects will continue through their respective capital and licensing reviews.
- Ontario’s new investment in home care includes $180 million in 2018-19 to fund an estimated 2.8 million more hours of personal support, including caregiver respite, as well as 284,000 more nursing visits and 58,000 more therapy visits. This is part of a $650 million investment in home care over three years.
- Ontario is investing $1 billion over three years to create the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program. This will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them offset the costs of living independently.
- The government is investing more than $100 million over three years in Ontario’s Dementia Strategy, including $37.5 million to expand community dementia programs and respite care services.
“Families tell me that getting their parents and grandparents the care they need has become increasingly difficult. We want to change that. We want to make it easier and take that stress out of families’ lives. That’s why we’re expanding long-term care access across the province for Francophone seniors by adding hundreds of new beds. Ontario’s Francophone seniors have worked hard to help build our province into the diverse, successful and prosperous place we call home. No matter where they live in Ontario, Francophone seniors and their families deserve to know they can access high-quality, culturally specific long-term care when they need it.”
“Our government is committed to supporting Francophone communities and the new beds will help those who rely on long-term care homes for their ongoing health and personal care needs. By adding 78 new long-term care beds to the redevelopment of the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, we are helping more seniors access the care they need in their community, close to family and friends.”
“Just like the rest of the population, Franco-Ontarians are aging rapidly. Our government understands the need to support Francophone seniors and their families so that they get the best care possible in their community. As part of our commitment to create 30,000 new beds across the province over the next 10 years, these new long-term care beds in Hawkesbury will increase the Francophone capacity in the region and contribute to a healthier and stronger Francophone community.”