Ontario is creating 51 new long-term care beds at Saint Luke’s Place in Cambridge to help seniors better access high-quality care and continue to live happy and healthy lives.
Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge says 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.
“As a nurse, I know how important it for people to stay in their home community when they move into long-term Care. Creating 51 new long-term-care beds at Saint Luke’s is great news for Cambridge. More beds means more local residents will continue to have family and friends nearby for visits, which improve everyone’s quality of life.”
— Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge
“Through quality and compassionate care, Saint Luke’s place has earned the trust of the families and residents we are privileged to serve. By engaging the community in our plan, we will ensure that our revitalized and expanded Long-Term Care Home will meet the quality and care needs of our residents for generations to come. I am so pleased to share in this celebration of additional Long-Term Care capacity granted to our community!”
— Brian Swainson, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Luke’s Place
“Saint Luke’s Place has served the seniors and families of the community for over 40 years, with dignity and respect. As member of the founding Board of Directors of Saint Luke’s Place, as well as a Cambridge resident, I am thrilled to receive confirmation of the approved growth of the Saint Luke’s Long-Term Care strategy.”
— Bob Pettitt, Redevelopment Chair, Saint Luke’s Place Board of Directors
“Our government is committed to supporting Ontario residents who rely on long-term care homes for their ongoing health and personal care needs. We have allocated 5,000 new long-term care beds, and are delivering on our commitment to increase long-term care capacity by 2022 as part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. This is the first step to create more than 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade, helping more seniors access the care they need in their community, close to family and friends.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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