Ontario Opening Four New Long-Term Care Beds in Sault Ste. Marie

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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario is opening four new long-term care beds in Sault Ste. Marie to help seniors access the care they need, closer to home.

These new beds are part of Ontario’s commitment to create 5000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 over the next decade. The new beds at Mauno Kaihla Koti will expand the home to form a new 64-bed home.

This investment is part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, which has more than 20 new initiatives to help seniors access the supports they need. The plan includes 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care home residents, a free annual high-dose influenza vaccine for seniors, and a new one-stop website where seniors can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more.

Improving seniors’ access to the care they need is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts
In addition to creating 30,000 new long-term care beds, Ontario is supporting the redevelopment of 30,000 long-term care beds in 300 homes across the province by 2025, including eliminating all four-bed wards, under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy.

The province has nearly doubled its annual funding for long-term care since 2003, from $2.1 billion to $4.14 billion.

In 2017-18, the province announced a $101 million investment over the next three years for Ontario’s dementia strategy, which includes expanding access to community programs, enhancing education, training and respite services for care partners, and expanding access to care coordination for patients.

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  1. This reminds me of the time they announced Mapleview and made it sound like it was 200+ new beds when it was actually replacing 200+ existing beds. We gained NOTHING. Boy, those 4 beds are REALLY going to drop that waiting list down on a hurry!!! If I was the MOHLTS, I’d be ashamed to even put out a news release like that!!

    • Your right Karen my Mom was moved into the brand new Mapleview from Great Northern as it was being closed so it wasn’t 200 new beds. It was less the residents from Great Northern!

    • 200 bed’s availiable, 96 of those were already taken from Great Northern Nursing Centre. That was a “waiting place till an opening came up in a n old age home” Some residents lived there from the opening till they closed.

    • Monica Smith it is now operating under the name CEDARWOOD Lodge….It is an interim Long Term Care Home and because it is “Interim” there are all kinds of services that are mandated in any other LTC home, being kept from the 50 residents living there. Our system is a dangerous one 😰

  2. What about the wings of hospital that aren’t beeing used ——- throw some beds up in there. I would hate to see if this city had a huge huge situation where they needed a whole Lotta beds for a whole Lotta people because we would be up shit creek without a paddle

  3. Health care has become a joke. Alfie needs heart surgery but no beds at St Micheal’s, maybe it will happen sometime in May. He basically can’t do anything as he has 3 blocked coronary arteries.

  4. Isn’t this ridiculous when we need like 200 more beds. The Child and Adolescent Program is delegated 5 beds. Stronger advocates are needed in numbers. Let your government officials know and turn on the pressure. 👊

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