192 New and Upgraded Long-Term Care Spaces in New HamburgPublished on November 20, 2020
Modernization will Improve Access to Quality Care for Seniors
NEWS November 20, 2020
NEW HAMBURG — The Ontario government is moving forward with a new long-term care home project in Wilmot Township to help reduce local waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for our seniors. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Details were provided today by Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.
Tri-Country Mennonite Homes’ Nithview Community has been approved for 95 new spaces and 97 upgraded spaces to create a 192-bed home in New Hamburg. This newly constructed building will be part of the existing campus of care.
“Today’s announcement means that almost 200 more seniors will be able to get the care they deserve close to their families and support networks in Wilmot Township within Nithview Community”, said MPP Harris. “For too long the need for beds in our region has been neglected and seniors have languished on waitlists. Our government is committed to taking historic steps to upgrade and add capacity in homes as we work to modernize the long-term care sector.”
“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do,” said Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.”
This is in addition to the previously announced 399 new and upgraded spaces in Waterloo Region at Schlegel Villages- The Village of Winston Park, peopleCare A.R Goudie, and Cambridge Country Manor, which are receiving an additional $41,198,465 from the province to accelerate construction. In total, these four projects will bring 591 new and upgraded beds to Waterloo Region.
Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.
- The 29 new projects consist of 2,983 long-term care spaces, including 1,968 new and 1,015
- Ontario is investing $1.75 billion to create 30,000 beds over ten years. Today’s announcement
brings the total number of new and upgraded long-term care spaces in the pipeline to 22,368.
- As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
- Ontario is committing 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.
Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available
the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax
measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the
groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.