The Ford Government is starting to roll out approval for Long Term Care bed re[placement and expansion as part of its promise to deliver 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
In Hamilton the approved projects are:
• Shalom Village Nursing Home has been allocated 76 new and 60 upgraded spaces. The project will involve renovation and addition and will result in a 200-bed home in Hamilton as part of a campus of care. The home will offer services to the Jewish community.
• St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke has been allocated 64 new spaces. The project will involve addition to the existing building and will result in a 285-bed home in Hamilton.
“The number of people in Hamilton who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
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.
As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
Today’s announcement was part of 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.