Ontario Opening 50 New Long-Term Care Beds in London
Province Opening 30,000 More Beds Across the Province Over the Next Decade
Ontario is opening 50 new long-term care beds in London that will help seniors access the care they need, part of a commitment to create 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 across the province over the next decade.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Elmwood Place in London today to make the announcement, which will bring the home's total number of beds to 128.
This investment is part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors, which will help ensure seniors can access the supports they need at every stage of their lives. The plan includes initiatives such as 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care home residents, a new annual high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, which will be available free of charge starting in the 2018-19 flu season, and a new one-stop website where seniors can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more.
Helping seniors access the care they need is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The redevelopment of Elmwood Place in London now enters concurrent Capital and Licensing review.
- Opening more long-term care beds is part of the province’s Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors which is investing more than $155 million over three years to ensure seniors can access the supports they need.
- In addition to creating 30,000 new long-term care beds, Ontario is also supporting the redevelopment of 30,000 long-term care beds in 300 homes across the province by 2025, including eliminating all four-bed wards.
- The province has nearly doubled its funding for long-term care since 2003, from $2.1 billion to more than $4.14 billion.
“Our government is committed to supporting Ontario residents who rely on long-term care homes for their ongoing health and personal care needs. By adding 50 new long-care beds to the redevelopment of Elmwood Place in London, we are helping more seniors access the care they need in their community, close to family and friends.”
“We are taking action to ensure our province is ready for the changing needs of an aging population. By providing more long-term care beds in communities like London, we are helping more seniors get the right care now and in the future.”