HEALTH BULLETIN: Ontario Redeveloping 300 Long-Term Care Homes
Province Putting Residents First by Improving Long-Term Care Home Experience
February 6, 2015
Ontario is increasing support for long-term care home operators to help ensure residents are safe and receiving high-quality care. The government is also marking the completion of comprehensive inspections in long-term care homes across the province.
Over the next 10 years, under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy, the province will help long-term care home operators redevelop approximately 300 older homes to bring them up to the highest design standards.
The enhancements will benefit seniors by:
- Improving accommodations for residents with complex health care needs, such as diabetes and dementia.
- Increasing funding to long-term care home operators for construction.
Redevelopment projects will include upgrades like improving accessibility with greater wheelchair access and modernizing design to create a home-like environment.
Ontario has also completed comprehensive inspections of all 629 long-term care homes in the province. These rigorous inspections included interviews with residents and their families as well as staff; direct observations of how care is being delivered; and a thorough review of records such as individual care plans and progress reports. Completed reports are posted online.
Protecting residents by improving their quality of care supports Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“Long-term care homes are not just facilities “ they are peoples’ homes. It is vital that they remain up to date to provide residents with secure, safe and comfortable surroundings. Conducting rigorous inspections also puts residents first, ensuring they receive the highest standard of care.”— Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
- There are about 78,000 residents in Ontario’s 629 long-term care homes.
- Since 2003, 10,000 new long-term care home beds have been created and just under 13,000 older long-term care home beds have been redeveloped.
- About 90 new inspectors were hired to complete the inspections in 2014.
- The number of nurse practitioners in Ontario’s long-term care homes will be increased from 18 to 93 over the next three years.
- Between 2011-12 and 2012-13, Ontario invested $59 million in Behavioural Supports Ontario, an initiative to help support and hire new staff to meet the needs of seniors with challenging and complex behaviours wherever they live “ at home, in long-term care homes, or elsewhere.
How to find and apply to a long-term care home.
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