GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITH MORE SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN LEEDS AND GRENVILLE
ATHENS – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark joined United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden Pat Sayeau, Athens Township Mayor Herb Scott and members of Counties Council today to announce a major expansion of Maple View Lodge.
The expansion will see 132 new long-term care beds added to the Lodge, while its existing 60 beds will be redeveloped. It was one of 16 projects announced by Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott that will add an additional 1,157 new long-term care beds across Ontario.
“Increasing the number of long-term care beds available for our seniors is one of the top health-care concerns for the residents of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. Today’s announcement to expand Maple View Lodge to a 192-bed residence is a tremendous step forward in offering assurance to the people I represent that their loved ones will be able to access a long-term care bed when they’re ready,” said Clark.
“The Maple View expansion was also a priority for Counties Council that I have been advocating for strongly at Queen’s Park with the previous government and with Minister Elliott. I’m so proud that our government was able to deliver and I want to thank Minister Elliott for recognizing the importance of this project.”
Clark highlighted that the expansion also ensures more seniors from rural areas will be able to find long-term care closer to their home communities and in a rural setting.
“That’s a major reason why I was such a strong champion of this project because I understand seniors want to retain that connection to their rural roots,” said Clark.
“This is great news from the province. We want to thank the Government of Ontario and, in particular, Minister Elliott for this important decision for Leeds and Grenville and our residents,” said Warden Sayeau. “We would also thank MPP Clark for his ongoing support in pursuing the additional beds. The Counties look forward to redeveloping Maple View Lodge as a campus setting, offering a continuum of care for our senior population.”
The Government of Ontario is continuing to deliver on its commitment to strengthen the province’s public health care system by centering it on the needs of patients, including Ontario’s seniors.
Clark said the government is building a 21st century health care system that allows seniors to remain at home as long as they can. For Ontario’s seniors who need long-term care, our government is committed to ensuring their quality of life remains high and space is available for them when and where they need it.
Today’s announcement is part of the government’s commitment to add 15,000 long-term care beds in five years. To date, the government has allocated a total of 7,232 beds, including 94 new beds recently announced by MPP Clark at Kemptville’s Bayfield Manor.
“We are proud that in just nine months our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Minister Elliott. “As we move forward to modernize our public health care system, the people of Ontario, including seniors, have and always will be our government’s priority. We will create a health care system that works for them and is finally centred on the needs of patients, families and caregivers.”
Clark stressed the government is building a sustainable, connected and modern health care system that puts patients at the centre of care and ensures that the needs of patients, families and caregivers are driving every decision.
“The Maple View expansion and the other new long-term care projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health care system. Ontario’s seniors need to have access to a bed when and where they need it and their families must be kept informed every step of the way,” said Clark. “With these additional beds and spaces, our government is working to ease pressure on hospitals and enable nurses, doctors and other care providers to provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.”