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  • April 27, 2018

192 More Long-Term Care Beds for Seniors in Milton

Ontario Supporting Seniors, Caregivers and Families with 30,000 New Beds Across the Province

Ontario is creating 192 new long-term care beds in Milton to help seniors better access high-quality care and continue to live happy and healthy lives.

 

Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton was in Burlington today to make the announcement of the new bed allocation for Schlegel Villages in Milton. 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:

 

  • Expanding OHIP+ in 2019 to make prescription drugs free for everyone 65 and over
  • Investing $650 million in new funding over three years to improve home and community care services
  • Creating the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program to help those over 75 offset the costs of living independently with a $750 annual credit.

 

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.

 

QUOTES

“This new, 192 bed long term care facility is great news for Milton seniors. It will improve the quality of care for thousands of elderly residents in Halton region. It is part of our government's commitment to create 5000 new long term beds by 2022 in Ontario and will give families the support and care they need.“

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton

 

“I want to thank the Ontario government for making this investment in expanding long term care capacity in Mississauga Halton 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 developing these new 192 beds into a new full continuum of care Schlegel Village in Milton which will include LTC, retirement home, assisted living, memory care and seniors apartments all designed with our signature main street and town square.  The new village will also operate as 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

 

“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

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

LEARN MORE

 

Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

Budget 2018:  A Plan for Care and Opportunity

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