Across the province, there are more than 34,000 Ontarians waiting to get into a long-term care home, putting strain on the health care system and leaving residents waiting too long for the care they desperately need. The government is taking swift action and delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds in communities across Ontario.
Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined by Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, and MPPs Sam Oosterhoff and Will Bouma at Shalom Manor & Gardens in Grimsby to announce the government is allocating almost 1,000 new long-term care beds and upgrading almost 800 existing beds to modern design in Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton and Niagara. Of these, Shalom Manor has been allocated 128 beds for its New Build project in Hamilton.
"Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario," said Fullerton. "These new long-term care bed allocations are part of our government's commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds over the next five years to give Ontarians the care they need, when they need it."
These new beds will help take pressure off hospitals, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently and provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.
"Adding new long-term care beds and upgrading older beds to modern design at Shalom Manor, and across the region, is key to our government's transformational strategy to end hallway health care in Ontario," said MPP Oosterhoff. "We owe it to the older generations who need care now, and for our children. One day, they will need this care too."
The government is continuing to work with our long-term care sector to ensure the system is responsive to the needs of Ontarians by increasing access and reducing waitlists, while also maintaining patient safety and ensuring high standards of care.