53 new long-term care beds coming to Scugog

Seniors in Scugog are expected to have easier access to high quality care after 53 new long-term care beds are made available in Scugog.

Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, was in Port Perry Friday (April 27) along with Southbridge Care Homes Inc. to announce the new beds. These beds are part of the province’s commitment to build 5,000 new beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade.

“Residents in North Durham deserve to have quality, home-like long-term care options that are close to their loved ones,” said MPP Anderson.

“These new long-term care beds, along with other historic investments in health care such as free prescription medication for those 65 and up, will help make life easier for seniors in Scugog.”

Keith McIntosh, CEO of Southbridge Care Homes, is looking forward to the expansion.

“We are excited to be able to not only maintain long-term care in Port Perry, but through the support of MPP Granville Anderson, expand our capacity by an additional 53 beds. These beds will continue our commitment to providing consistent, high-quality healthcare to Port Perry both now and in the future,” said McIntosh.

Ontario is also investing more than $300 million over the next three years to hire an additional registered nurse at every long-term care home, and to increase the provincial average to four hours of daily care per resident by 2022.

According to the province, this will ensure every home has staff with specialized training in behavioural supports and in palliative and end-of-life care.

“These investments, as well as a substantial 4.6 per cent increase in funding for the hospital sector and more support for home care, will improve access to care and reduce wait times in the health system to better meet the needs of a growing and aging population,” reads the release, in part.

“Making long-term care better and more accessible is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change.”