Ontario is helping seniors in the Peterborough area access the care they need sooner and closer to home by supporting a new, 128-bed long-term care home in Havelock.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, were at the future site of the new long-term care home today to make the announcement. The new home will be part of the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen’s plan to create a health campus which will also include affordable and supportive housing for families and people of all ages.
As part of Ontario’s commitment to create 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 over the next decade, the province is now inviting existing or new long-term care organizations to apply for new beds in their communities.
This investment is part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, which has more than 20 new initiatives to help seniors access the supports they need. The plan includes 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care home residents – a free annual high-dose influenza vaccine for seniors – and a new one-stop website where seniors can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more.
Improving seniors’ access to the care they need is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation