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.
- 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.