FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021
BAY OF QUINTE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the Ontario government is investing $847,600 to increase prevention and containment efforts in nine local long-term care homes during the second wave of COVID-19.
“This new investment will further enhance the ability for these homes to protect vulnerable residents and the hard-working staff caring for them as we continue to weather this global pandemic,” Smith said. “We need to continue to be diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to distribute vaccines to homes across the province.”
Homes in Bay of Quinte that will receive this additional funding include:
- Belmont Long Term Care Facility is receiving an additional $86,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $750,200.
- Crown Ridge Place is receiving an additional $48,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $378,100.
- J. McFarland Memorial Home is receiving an additional $70,100, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $451,700.
- Hallowell House is receiving an additional $80,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $709,300.
- Hastings Manor is receiving an additional $218,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,307,200.
- Kentwood Park Nursing Home is receiving an additional $66,900, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $393,900.
- Trent Valley Lodge is receiving an additional $182,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $484,300.
- West Lake Terrace is receiving an additional $50,700, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $380,500.
- Westgate Lodge Nursing Home is receiving an additional $44,600, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $431,000.
The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term homes by covering eligible expenses related to the following:
- An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;
- Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
- Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home;
- Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioner with expertise in infection control.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario government has invested $1.38 billion to ensure that our long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle COVID-19.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep themselves safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken quick, decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to care for our loved ones.”
Once an outbreak is declared in a home, the Province continues to work alongside local public health units, hospital partners, and all health-sector resources to help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations.
To address long-standing staffing challenges, the government has launched one of the largest recruitment and training drives in the province’s history to deliver on its commitment to provide an average of four hours of daily care for residents. The will make Ontario the Canadian leader in the provision of care. To implement its staffing plan (https://www.ontario.ca/page/better-place-live-better-place-work-ontarios-long-term-care-staffing-plan), the government is increasing annual investments, culminating in $1.9 billion annually by 2024-2025 to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses in long-term care.
- During the second wave, the province has enhanced testing requirements for long-term care homes, and deployed rapid tests through a proof-of-concept program, recognizing the importance of identifying a case of the virus before it can spread from the community into a long-term care home.
- The province’s vaccine strategy prioritizes the most vulnerable populations first, including health care workers and residents of long-term care homes, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus. The government has committed that the residents and staff in all long-term care homes in Ontario will be vaccinated by February 15, 2021 if they want to be vaccinated.
- To address urgent staffing challenges in long-term care homes, hospitals have deployed rapid response teams of health care professionals. Additionally, the Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support program is recruiting Resident Support Aides. The province has also put in place a Personal Support Worker Return of Service program and is fast tracking Personal Support Worker education and providing supports for new nursing graduates. Community paramedics have also assisted in homes, providing care and help with testing.
- Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves - ca/page/keeping-ontarians-safe-preparing-future-waves-covid-19
- 2020 Ontario Budget/Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support Recover – budget.ontario.ca