For the third time in 17 months, new long-term care beds have been announced for the area.
Last week, Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma joined other Conservative politicians in Grimsby to promise almost 1,000 new long-term care beds in Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton and Niagara, including 94 new beds and 140 renovated beds in Brantford and 126 new beds in Haldimand and Norfolk with another 130 renovated.
But the beds for Brantford, Haldimand and Norfolk were announced first by the Liberals in April 2018 and again by the Conservatives last October.
“You’re absolutely right,” Bouma said.
“We have announced those care beds before but the big change was we were announcing new beds for Shalom Manor in Hamilton for the first time. We have constituents at Shalom so it was good to be there.”
The Brantford beds include those for Fox Ridge Care Community, which is proposing to a build new 192-bed nursing home and a 120-unit retirement homes on Lynden Road. Fox Ridge currently has 122 nursing home beds at its site on West Street.
Fox Ridge is getting funding for 70 new beds and for upgrading 90 existing beds. The home has 33 Class A beds which don’t qualify for upgrades.
The new Bell Court encompassed care unit at the municipally run John Noble Home is getting 10 new beds.
And Iroquois Lodge in Ohsweken also will get a boost with 14 new beds and funding to upgrade 50 beds.
In Hagersville, there will be 68 new and 60 upgraded beds funded at the New Anson Place home and, in Port Dover, 58 new and 70 upgraded beds will go to Dover Cliffs nursing home.
The expanded beds are part of an ongoing government promise to help the more than 34,000 Ontarians who are on waiting lists to get into long-term care homes.
On Sept. 10, Bouma was joined by Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and Donna Skelly, Flamborough—Glanbrook MPP, at Shalom Manor and Gardens in Grimsby, which is getting 128 new beds.
“These new long-term care bed allocations are part of our government’s commitment to adding 14,000 long-term care beds over the next five years to give Ontarians the care they need, when they need it,” said the minister.
Fullerton said the announcements reaffirm the Conservative government’s commitment to long-term care.
“The over-1,000 announced beds will have an immediate impact throughout the Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Hamilton and Niagara regions,” she said.
The province promised 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022 and 30,000 within a decade in the April 2018 announcement.
Last week’s announcement came with a commitment of 15,000 new and 15,000 renovated beds within five years.