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Ottawa, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): More than 500 new long-term care (LTC) beds are being created by Ontario to help francophone seniors access high-quality care and continue to live happy and healthy lives, media reports said.
Marie-France Lalonde. Image credit: Facebook page
“Just like the rest of the population, Franco-Ontarians are aging rapidly. Our government understands the need to support Francophone seniors and their families so that they get the best care possible in their community. As part of our commitment to create 30,000 new beds across the province over the next 10 years, the 128 new long-term care beds in Ottawa will increase the Francophone capacity in the region and contribute to a healthier and stronger Francophone community,” Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs said.
These new beds are part of Ontario's commitment to build 5,000 new beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade.
Revera will receive 128 francophone-specific long-term care beds, as part of this investment, to be managed in partnership with Hôpital Montfort.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that long-term care homes have the necessary support to meet the needs of our aging communities. By adding 128 new long-care beds in Ottawa, we are helping more seniors access the care they need close to family and friends, ” John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP, Ottawa South had said
French-speaking services would be provided to the residents at the home to support better communications with care providers.
“Our government is committed to supporting francophone communities and the new beds will help those who rely on long-term care homes for their ongoing health and personal care needs. These beds are part of 5,000 new long-term care beds that are being created provincewide, which help to deliver 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 and helping more seniors access the care they need in their community, close to family and friends,” Dr. Helena Jaczek Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care said in a news release.
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.
“Today’s announcement by the Ontario government is great news for the local francophone community, for Montfort Hospital and for Revera. We look forward to working with our partners at the hospital to build a new 128-bed long term care home here. We will create a new home-like environment that is specially designed to meet the increasingly complex care needs of seniors in the region,” Wendy Gilmour, Senior Vice President, Long Term Care, Revera Inc said.
“We are delighted that Revera has taken the initiative to submit an application for long-term care beds for French-speaking residents in Ottawa. We take pride in our partnership with Revera since 2003, and look forward to working with them to ensure this project gets completed.” Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort said.
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.
In addition to these francophone service, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa is also receiving 84 beds to support their senior’s village expansion project.
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. The new beds are also in addition to the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy.
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.
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.
“Many aging francophone Ottawa-Vanier residents have increasing health and personal care needs. I am very pleased that these new francophone long-term care beds in Ottawa will allow some of our seniors to access the care they need right here in their community,” Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP, Ottawa Vanier said.
“At the Perley Rideau, we have the expertise, the experience and the location to accommodate more beds for the growing population of seniors. This expansion supports our aspirations to become a Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care on our journey of continuous improvement supporting the region’s seniors – and Veterans. We thank the Ontario Government, specifically the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, for this expression of support for our vision,” Akos Hoffer, CEO, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre said in the news release.