681 new beds and 599 upgraded beds are on the way to five Ottawa region long-term care facilities. Paul Calandra, Ontario’s Minister of Long Term Care, says this pushes the province past it’s goal of making sure at least 30,000 new long-term care beds are available by 2028.
As of Thursday, Ontario has just under 32,000 new and over 28,000 upgraded beds in the works. “To put this number in perspective, only 611 net new beds were built between 2011 and 2018.” Calandra says.
Calandra says the redevelopment of older homes will mean the old system of three to four beds in one ward room will be thrown out with “all homes now up to modern design standards.
***With files from Mo Fahim