More than 500 New Long-Term Care Beds for Francophone Seniors
Ottawa Receiving 128 New Francophone Long-Term Care Beds
Ontario is creating more than 500 new long-term care beds to help francophone seniors access high-quality, culturally specific care and continue to live happy and healthy lives.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, on behalf of Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, were in Ottawa today to make the announcement.
As part of this investment, Revera will receive 128 francophone-specific long-term care beds to be managed in partnership with Hôpital Montfort. Residents at the home will benefit from French-speaking services, which will support better communications with care providers and deliver on the government's commitment to provide equitable access to care.
These new beds are part of the province's commitment to build 5,000 new beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade. Ontario is also investing more than $300 million over the next three years to hire an additional registered nurse at every long-term care home, and to increase the provincial average to four hours of daily care per resident by 2022. This will ensure that every home will have staff with specialized training in behavioural supports and in palliative and end-of-life care.
The government is also improving life for more seniors by:
- Expanding OHIP+ in 2019 to make prescription drugs free for everyone 65 and over.
- Investing $650 million in new funding over three years to improve home and community care services.
- Creating the Seniors' Healthy Home Program to help those over 75 offset the costs of living independently with a $750 annual credit.
Making long-term care better and more accessible is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- In addition to these francophone service, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa is also receiving 84 beds to support their senior’s village expansion project.
- These long-term care home projects will continue through their respective capital and licensing reviews.
- The 5,000 new long-term care beds will include nearly 500 new beds for Indigenous communities and over 1,500 new beds for specific cultures, including francophone communities. The new beds are also in addition to the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped under the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy.
- The government is investing more than $100 million over three years in Ontario’s Dementia Strategy, including $37.5 million to expand community dementia programs and respite care services.
- The 2018 Budget also includes an $8 million equipment fund to prevent falls and injuries to keep residents and support workers safe.
- Ontario’s proposed new Drug and Dental Program will allow individuals and families without extended health coverage to be reimbursed up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses. This represents an investment of more than $800 million over the program’s first two years.
“We are delighted that Revera has taken the initiative to submit an application for long-term care beds for French-speaking residents in Ottawa. We take pride in our partnership with Revera since 2003, and look forward to working with them to ensure this project gets completed.”
Dr. Bernard Leduc
President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort