The Ontario government is investing and expanding Extendicare in Lindsay, one of 80 province-wide.
According to a media release, these spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 long-term care spaces over 10 years.
Extendicare Lindsay is being allocated 96 new spaces and 64 upgraded spaces. This project will result in a 160-bed home in Lindsay.
In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine, says the media release. The investment will help eliminate three and four bed ward rooms, and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.
“This is exciting news for Kawartha Lakes, not only will this expansion help address hallway healthcare, it will also assist the growing number of people needing long-term care over the next decade,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
Nancy Rooney, administrator, Extendicare, said today’s announcement “means that we can move forward with our plan to add capacity at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes and take action to address the home’s long-standing waitlist for new admissions throughout the Kawartha region. This new project will offer an additional 96 seniors in our community with the care they need, in new care spaces constructed to modern design standards, resulting in increased resident privacy and quality of life. We thank Minister Scott and the Government of Ontario for making the future of long-term care a priority in this province. ”
Criteria for selecting the projects being announced today included:
- Upgrading older homes in response to lessons learned around improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms;
- Adding spaces to areas where there is high need;
- Addressing the growing needs of diverse groups, including Francophone and Indigenous communities; and/or,
- Promoting campuses of care to better address the specialized care needs of residents.