Ontario Investing in New Long-Term Care Beds in MississaugaPublished on July 25, 2019
July 25, 2019
MISSISSAUGA — Across the province, there are more than 34,000 Ontarians waiting for access to a long-term care home, straining the health care system and leaving residents waiting. Our Government is taking swift action delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds in communities across Ontario.
Yesterday, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined by Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, and MPPs Sheref Sabawy, Natalia Kusendova, Deepak Anand, Rudy Cuzzetto, Kaleed Rasheed and Nina Tangri at The Village of Erin Meadows. There it was announced that the government is investing in three long-term care homes in Mississauga.
"Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers," said Fullerton. "We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term spaces across the province is a key part of our plan."
The government is improving access to long-term care beds in Mississauga by:
- Allocating 220 long-term care beds for Trillium Health Partners.
- Allocating 320 new long-term care beds to a seniors' care partnership project between Indus
Community Services, Trillium Health Partners and the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.
- Allocating 137 new beds to Schlegel Villages - Mississauga project and upgrading 55 long-term
These new beds will help take pressure off hospitals, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently and provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.
"In Mississauga, our government has allocated 457 new and 275 upgraded long-term care beds. Adding new long-term care beds and upgrading older beds is key to our transformational strategy," said MPP Sabawy. "We committed to the people of Ontario that we would end hallway health care, we promised to add 15,000 long term care beds over the next five years. We are acting swiftly on that promise, in just over a year, our government has added almost half of the 15,000 new LTC beds."
“Our government is taking action to improve patient care and end hallway healthcare” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “New Long Term Care beds will allow hospitals to serve patients in need of acute care.”
“The hundreds of new and upgraded beds mean shorter wait times for long term care beds and reduced congestion in acute care beds.” Said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre. “For years our front line hospital staff and their patients have been crammed into hallways due to an overburdened system. More long term care beds could mean a significant reduction in hallway healthcare and better conditions for care across the board. This is great news for Mississauga families.”
The government will continue to work with Ontario's long-term care sector to ensure our system is responsive to the needs of Ontarians by increasing access and reducing waitlists, while also maintaining patient safety and ensuring high standards of care. "One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, "and adding new long-term care beds like these is key to our transformational strategy to end hallway health care in Mississauga, and across Ontario."