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.