April 27, 2018
Ontario is creating 97 new long-term care beds in Kitchener to help seniors better access high-quality care and continue to live happy and healthy lives. These new beds will be located at The Village of Winston Park, a Schlegel Villages facility.
Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, highlighted that these new beds are part of the province’s commitment to build 5,000 new beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade.
Ontario is also investing more than $300 million over the next three years to hire an additional registered nurse at every long-term care home, and to increase the provincial average to four hours of daily care per resident by 2022. This will ensure that every home will have staff with specialized training in behavioural supports and in palliative and end-of-life care.
These investments, as well as a substantial 4.6 per cent increase in funding for the hospital sector and more support for home care, will improve access to care and reduce wait times in the health system to better meet the needs of a growing and aging population.
The government is also improving life for more seniors by:
Making long-term care better and more accessible is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
“This is a vital investment in the Waterloo Region community. We need to invest in the people who built our community, by providing them with a high standard of care in an environment where they can thrive. Long-term care beds are a much needed resource in the province, and I am thrilled that 97 new beds are coming to Kitchener.”
— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre
“I want to thank the Ontario government for making this investment in expanding long term care capacity in the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and for allowing Schlegel Villages to be a part of that expansion. Ultimately this investment will mean shorter waits for seniors in the community needing long term care and fewer seniors in hospital waiting for long term care placement. This translates into better care and a higher quality of life for seniors and makes the entire health system function more effectively. We are looking forward to redeveloping the existing LTC beds at The Village of Winston Park and adding these 97 new beds into our full continuum of care which includes LTC, retirement home, assisted living, memory care and seniors apartments all designed with our signature main street and town square. We will continue to create a seniors' health hub to support seniors in the surrounding community to live well and longer in their own homes.”
— James Schlegel, President and CEO, Schlegel Villages
“This addition of 97 new long-term care beds is vitally important for the Region with the number of older adults projected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years. The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging applauds the Ontario government for this and additional investments in long-term care, home care and hospital care, as well as in research, training and innovation to improve care and living for older adults across Ontario.”
— Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
§ Through the 2018 Budget, Ontario is making more than $3.3 billion in additional investments to support seniors and caregivers over the next three years.
§ These long-term care home beds will continue through their respective capital and licensing reviews.
§ The 5,000 new long-term care beds will include nearly 500 new beds for Indigenous communities and over 1,500 new beds for specific cultures, including francophone communities.
§ Ontario’s new investment in home care includes $180 million in 2018-19 to fund an estimated 2.8 million more hours of personal support, including caregiver respite, as well as 284,000 more nursing visits and 58,000 more therapy visits. This is part of a $650 million investment in home care over three years.
§ Ontario is investing $1 billion over three years to create the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program. This will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them offset the costs of living independently.
§ The government is investing more than $100 million over three years in Ontario’s Dementia Strategy, including $37.5 million to expand community dementia programs and respite care services.
§ As part of the 2018 Budget, Ontario announced an additional investment of $10 million in 2018-19 to strengthen and expand palliative and end-of-life care, bringing new annual funding to $40 million and a total three-year investment of $165 million between April 2016 and March 2019. This includes support for up to 20 new hospices across Ontario.
§ The 2018 Budget also includes an $8 million equipment fund to prevent falls and injuries to keep residents and support workers safe.
§ Ontario’s proposed new Drug and Dental Program will allow individuals and families without extended health coverage to be reimbursed up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses. This represents an investment of more than $800 million over the program’s first two years.
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