Long-term care may be a bigger issue than opioid crisis

Ron Gagnon, president and CEO of Sault Area Hospital. Courtesy of Shaw TV.

After Ron Gagnon, president and CEO of Sault Area Hospital made a presentation concerning what is being done on the opioid front, his second presentation on long-term care facilities for the Sault was even more alarming.

Sault Ste. Marie has the least number of long term care beds per resident over the age of 75 of all large communities in the North East LHIN.

We are actually 450 beds short. And by 2021 we will be 600 beds short. That’s the equivalent of the need for two more F.J. Davey Homes.

The province has announced its intention to fund 5,000 new long term care beds over the next 4 years and 30,000 new long term care beds over the next 10 years.

The Sault’s population of people over the age of 75 is expected to grow by 29 per cent by 2025.

Sault area Hospital is working with various parties to develop options to address this shortage.

Their best option was to build a facility attached to the hospital itself.

City council supported tonight, their efforts in lobbying and finding a solution to this current long term bed crisis.



  1. When Mapleview opened five years ago they closed the better part of tendercare completely closed off the fourth floor at vandaele. We built a brand new hospital with wings not being used and sold the Plummer and general hospitals to build condos. Why? The old hospitals especially the general is nothing more than an eyesore. That would have made a nice long term care facility. Talk is cheap. It’s been going on for years. Why doesn’t the govt and ministry get their heads out of the sand and actually do something.

  2. Longterm care has been a major problem in town for yeaaaars. It should have been declared a crisis over a year ago.
    Drink your milk folks, keep your bones strong because once you get old and lose your mobility – you will end up in one of these understaffed, low quality places, or at the rate it’s going now, stuck in a hospital ward trying to pretend to be a long term care facility.
    Golden years, ha!

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