Several people standing in row outside near building, all wearing face masks

The Ontario government is making a historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects. Attending the March 22 announcement at the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) were (above left to right) William Willard - DRDH Vice President of Operations, Janna Hotson - incoming DRDH CEO and Administrator of the Four Seasons Lodge, Richard Bedard - DRDH President and CEO, Chris Carroll - DRDH Board Chair, MPP John Yakabuski, Deep River Mayor Suzanne D’Eon, Head, Clara, and Maria Mayor Debbi Grills, Laurentian Hills Mayor John Reinwald and Town of Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet. (Submitted photo)

Ontario makes historic investment in Long-Term Care


Posted on Thursday March 25, 2021

Includes 128 new and upgraded spaces in Arnprior & Deep River

RENFREW COUNTY - The Ontario government is making a historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects - including two located locally in Arnprior and Deep River, leading to 118 new and ten upgraded long-term care spaces. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.

The two local projects are:
• An additional 32 new spaces at the Grove Nursing Home in Arnprior. The project will result in a 128-bed home in Arnprior through a renovation as part of a campus of care. This project will be implemented by Arnprior Regional Health.
• 86 new spaces and ten upgraded spaces at Four Seasons Lodge in Deep River. The project will result in a 96-bed home through the construction of a new building in Deep River as part of a campus of care.

“We are delighted about this commitment by the provincial government that will provide the communities of North Renfrew with additional Long-Term care beds to better meet the needs of our aging population into the future,” said Chris Carroll, Chair for the Board of Directors for the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH).

“As an organization, we are thrilled by this announcement,” added Janna Hotson, incoming DRDH CEO and Administrator of the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home. “We have an incredibly talented team of staff and physicians who are dedicated to caring for our community at every stage of life. This new build will expand our ability to care for our community in an integrated care model, and support our local population to maintain connection to their community, stay close to family and friends, and live as they age in their home community.”

In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Provincewide, these investments also support key government priorities, including eliminating three and four-bed ward rooms, creating campuses of care and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.

“The number of community members in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on March 22. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”

Criteria for selecting the projects announced 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.

“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need when they need it,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment.”

These projects are part Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.

As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.

Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.

Ontario is investing $933 million in these projects provincewide, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years.

With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.

Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for loved ones living in long-term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.