Province approves 160 new and upgraded long-term care beds at Westgate Lodge

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THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

BELLEVILLE– Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that Westgate Lodge is being allocated 72 new spaces and 88 upgraded spaces as part of the Ontario government’s historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects today.

“Long-term care beds across our region are in high demand now and the number of people in Bay of Quinte who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Smith. “Today’s announcement at Westgate Lodge will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for those who need them.”

The redevelopment of Westgate Lodge is part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed spaces over 10 years. In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists to end hallway medicine.

“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, Ontario’s 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 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.

Greg Freeman, the Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of the home’s owner/operator, Crown Ridge Health Care Services Inc., said his organization has been planning for the redevelopment of Westgate Lodge since 2015. He indicated they were thrilled to learn about its approval.

“We have completed a substantial amount of development work already and look forward to getting a shovel in the ground as quickly as possible,” Freeman said. “This announcement is exciting for our residents, families and staff as we look forward to the enhanced amenities in accommodations as part of the new long-term care design standards. The new home will provide residents with larger accommodations, more common areas and resident rooms with no more than two residents to a room, enhancing their quality of life and care.”

Freeman indicated a stringent approvals process for the architectural and engineered drawings is still to come, but said Crown Ridge will work with the Ministry of Health and the City of Belleville to be in a position to start construction within 12 months.

QUICK FACTS

  • These projects are part of 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 province-wide, on top of $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over 10 years.
  • On July 15, 2020, the government announced a modernized funding modelto help accelerate the construction of urgently needed long-term care beds (ontario.ca/en/release/57690/ Ontario-unveils-new-innovative-approach-to-building-long-term-care-homes-faster).
  • With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
  • Ontario is the first province in Canada to commit to an average of four hours of direct care per day for residents of long-term care homes.
  • In June 2019, the Ontario government also committed to a 160-bed redevelopment of the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home in Picton.

Ontario provides additional protection for retirement home residents and staff

BAY OF QUINTE – Fourteen retirement homes in Bay of Quinte will split $477,309 in provincial funding for infection prevention and containment as part of a $30-million program, announced Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte today.

The investment will help the retirement home sector cover continuing COVID-19-related costs such as hiring, training and testing additional staff, and sanitizing residences and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of infection. This funding is in addition to the $30.9 million that the province provided retirement homes earlier in the pandemic.

“Seniors are relying on us to keep them safe in their homes during this pandemic.  With today’s announcement, retirement home operators can take additional precautions to ensure their safety without passing on the related costs,” said Smith. “That’s an added comfort for these residents and their families as we push to complete their vaccinations over the coming weeks.”

The specific allocations for Bay of Quinte are as follows: 

 

Arabella Retirement Living……………………………………………………………………………………………………… $49,396.04

Carriage House Retirement Residence……………………………………………………………………………………..$19,565.82

Chartwell Bayview Retirement Residence………………………………………………………………………………. $30,955.54

Eden Place Retirement Home…………………………………………………………………………………………………. $24,989.50

Fraser House Retirement Home……………………………………………………………………………………………… $18,209.90

Maple Manor Residence………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$27,972.52

MLP Residence…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………$31,769.09

Quinte Gardens Retirement Residence…………………………………………………………………………………… $79,226.27

Seasons Dufferin Centre…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..$49,396.04

The Bridge Street Retirement Residence………………………………………………………………………………….$32,040.28

The Carrington Retirement…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $25,531.86

The Crown Ridge Retirement Residence………………………………………………………….……………………… $32,582.64

The Maples of Picton……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $17,938.71

The Richmond Retirement Residence…………………………………………………………………………………….. $37,735.14

 

Ontario has more than 770 licensed retirement homes and many are run by small operators who urgently need the government’s support to deal with rising costs related to fighting COVID-19. Ontario’s retirement homes have been working cooperatively with public health officials across the province to ensure best practices are being followed to prevent and control COVID-19 and to help get residents and staff vaccinated.

“Retirement home operators are working tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s additional funding will enable retirement homes to purchase more critical supplies like PPE, products to carry out deep cleaning, or to support more on-site testing to help further prevent and contain outbreaks.”

Under the leadership of General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, Ontario’s three-phase vaccination plan is making steady progress. To date, over 56,000 residents and over 23,000 workers in retirement homes have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and of them over 35,000 residents and 15,000 staff have received both doses.

“Our priority since the start of the pandemic has been clear – protecting people’s health. That means ensuring retirement home operators and staff have the resources they need to keep people safe,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “Making sure our seniors are protected and cared for is part of our plan to do whatever is necessary to defeat COVID-19.”

Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. On March 24, the government will release the 2021 Ontario Budget. It will focus on protecting people’s health, with a plan to defeat COVID-19, and support for people and jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario has more than 770 retirement homes with capacity to house more than 66,000 residents.

 

  • Visit covid-19.ontario.ca to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.

 

  • By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65 – older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic.

Ontario keeping seniors safe and socially connected in Belleville, Prince Edward County

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – In 2020-2021, Ontario is providing $92,162 to support Seniors Active Living Centre programs in two local municipalities, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association will receive $49,462.24, while the City of Belleville’s 50-Plus Centre seniors program will receive $42,700.  The funding will focus on virtual programs such as teleconferences, virtual educational or fitness programs, and one-on-one telephone calls to help socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities. This year’s funding program has also supported the application of safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19.

“Ongoing safety precautions related to COVID-19 have created obstacles for seniors to get out in the community to socialize and that impacts the quality of life they expect and deserve,” said Smith. “Our government’s continued investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will ensure they have the flexibility to design programming that promotes activity and social connection.”

Added Raymond Cho, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors and Accessibility: “Our government’s investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will help older adults stay virtually engaged with their friends, family, and communities while combatting social isolation during the pandemic.”

Debbie MacDonald Moynes, the executive director for the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association says seniors in her community have responded well to the variety of online webinars and telephone events offered.

“During the long and dreary days of winter, there has been growing participation in what we are offering such that we now have online events at least twice a day Monday to Friday. There’s something to appeal to everyone,” said MacDonald Moynes. “We are very grateful to hear that we have received 2020-2021 funding for our active living programming.”

Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk also acknowledged the importance of this programming.

“The Seniors Active Living Centre’s annual operating grant that we receive allows us to run Belleville’s 50+ Centre. Understanding the importance of keeping this sector connected during these challenging times, we have continued to reach out to our residents in modified channels during COVID-19. The centre is home to over 600 members, offering a large variety of programs to older adults in our community and we are proud to provide this connection.”

The City also offers a range of in-person fitness programming at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

To learn more, those interested in the Prince Edward County programming can visit www.communitycareforseniors.org or call 613-476-7493.  Those interested in the Belleville programming can visit www.quintesportsandwellnesscentre.ca/en/facilities-and-rentals/belleville_s-50-centre.aspx or call 613-966-4632.

QUICK FACTS

  • Seniors Active Living Centre operators are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction through almost 300 programs across the province.
  • The seniors population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
  • Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.
  • The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls Micro-Grants program funded by the province through the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario helps seniors stay connected to their communities through telephone-based social and educational programs.
  • The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls model is a free interactive telephone-based group program for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities who find it difficult to leave their homes.