Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre announces plan to redevelop 87-bed facility in Mount Forest

By - September 16th 2016.


The Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre and local MPP Daiene Vernile met on Tuesday morning to announce a plan to redevelop the 87-bed long-term care facility in Mount Forest.

“Long-term care homes like Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre are not just facilities – they are peoples’ homes,” said Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “It is vital that they remain up-to-date to provide residents with secure, safe and comfortable surroundings.”

Unlike retirement homes or supportive housing, long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive help with activities and access 24-hour nursing and personal care. Today, approximately 78,000 residents in Ontario live in the 630 long-term care homes across the province.

Some of the enhancements that residents of the Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre will benefit from once renovations are complete include: additional space for specialized programs like rehab and physiotherapy, a home-like environment with renewed interior design, more spacious rooms, more air-conditioned areas and better wheel-chair access.

The plans for redevelopment come as a part of Ontario’s largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history. The Ontario government has committed to helping renovate 300 long-term care homes over the next nine years ­– a $160 billion investment that will support 110,000 jobs every year across the province.

The project is also a part of Ontario’s Patient’s First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy and a sustainable healthcare system.

“The redevelopment of homes like Saugeen Valley are crucially important and integral to the present and future needs of our aging population,” said Candace Chartier, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. “The association remans committed to working with the government upon the capital renewal program sothat more homes can be modernized as soon as possible.”

Since 2015, the province has announced support for 475 projects for redeveloping hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. By investing in public infrastructure, Ontario will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

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