A proposed 48-bed long-term care facility in Hay River will now be diminished to 24 beds, with the rest to be inbuilt Fort Smith as a substitute.
Well being and social providers minister Julie Inexperienced made the announcement within the legislature on Friday, responding to questions from Hay River South MLA Rocky Simpson.
A day earlier, the territorial authorities more than halved its estimate of the variety of long-term care beds it is going to require throughout the NWT by 2034.
The GNWT diminished its estimate from the creation of 435 beds to 169, saying a brand new methodology had been used and the drop would “require a shift within the division’s present plans for capital spending in a number of NWT communities.”
Plans to construct new 48-bed long-term care services in Hay River and Inuvik have been on hold since final 12 months. On the time, the GNWT mentioned it wanted greater than $30 million to cowl elevated building prices earlier than going forward.
Within the legislature on Friday, Simpson mentioned the NWT authorities’s drastic downward revision of its mattress necessities had led residents of Hay River to change into “excited, and never in a great way” about the way forward for its proposed long-term care facility.
Noting the 48-bed constructing stays within the NWT’s capital price range, Simpson requested Inexperienced for readability on its future.
“The mattress projection for Hay River is now 24 beds,” the minister responded. “What occurred to the opposite 24? They’re going to Fort Smith, the place there’s a want for extra long-term care. The overarching purpose right here is to assist individuals age in place.”
Simpson, referring to that as a “watered-down” plan for Hay River, requested if there would a minimum of be the prospect of extra employment within the dwelling care sector because the NWT tries to assist extra Hay River residents age in place.
Inexperienced mentioned that will be the case, although she couldn’t say what number of dwelling care staff could be wanted, nor what number of jobs would no longer be created with the discount from 48 to 24 beds on the care facility.
“We acknowledge that for individuals to remain at dwelling so long as doable, they’ll want dwelling care help for his or her on a regular basis duties,” mentioned the minister.
“There will probably be extra dwelling care assets required in Hay River and in different communities within the NWT.
“The division is planning for that by getting into right into a partnership with Aurora Faculty to boost coaching.”
The minister didn’t contact on the way forward for Inuvik’s on-hold long-term care facility.