Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Province Opening 30,000 More Beds Across the Province Over the Next Decade
London, ON – Dec 4, 2017
Ontario is opening 50 new long-term care beds in London that will help seniors access the care they need, part of a commitment to create 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 across the province over the next decade.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Elmwood Place in London today to make the announcement, which will bring the home’s total number of beds to 128.
This investment is part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, which will help ensure seniors can access the supports they need at every stage of their lives. The plan includes initiatives such as 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care home residents, a new annual high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, which will be available free of charge starting in the 2018-19 flu season, and a new one-stop website where seniors can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more.
Helping seniors access 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.
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