LINDSAY — The Ontario government is making a historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects including one in Lindsay. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
Extendicare Lindsay is being allocated 96 new spaces and 64 upgraded spaces. This project will result in a 160-bed home in Lindsay.
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.
“This is exciting news for Kawartha Lakes, not only will this expansion help address hallway healthcare, it will also assist the growing number of people needing long-term care over the next decade,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
“Today’s announcement means that we can move forward with our plan to add capacity at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes and take action to address the home’s long-standing waitlist for new admissions throughout the Kawartha region. This new project will offer an additional 96 seniors in our community with the care they need, in new care spaces constructed to modern design standards, resulting in increased resident privacy and quality of life. We thank Minister Scott and the Government of Ontario for making the future of long-term care a priority in this province. ” Nancy Rooney, Administrator, Extendicare Kawartha Lakes
“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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MPP Laurie Scott, Councillor Pat Dun, MP Jamie Schmale, Deputy Mayor Patrick O’Reilly, and Nancy Rooney, Administrator at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes