KEMPTVILLE – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark is welcoming news that Bayfield Manor will receive 94 new beds for residents of North Grenville and area as part of Ontario’s Government for the People’s first steps in improving long-term care and reducing hospital wait times.
They were among 6,000 new long-term care beds added across the province in an announcement today, which will allow people to get the long-term care they need in an appropriate setting and free up space in hospitals.
“North Grenville is one of the fastest-growing communities in Eastern Ontario and I’m proud we’re acting so urgently on our commitment to help families ensure their loved ones can access the long-term care they need more quickly,” said Clark. “Adding 94 new beds at Bayfield Manor will not only shorten wait times for long-term care, it’s a critical step in easing pressure on Kemptville District Hospital.”
“The announcement of 94 new long-term care beds for Bayfield Manor is very welcome and I would like to take this opportunity to thank MPP Clark for his continued support for the new beds”, stated Keith McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer of Southbridge Care Homes. “These beds will contribute towards helping address the long wait list for long-term care and will enable us to provide much needed care to our older adults. We thank the Government of Ontario for their continued assistance in helping fulfil our commitment of providing care to the Kemptville community.”
“Your government is moving forward quickly to expand access to long-term care beds,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “More long-term care beds will help take pressure off hospitals, end hallway medicine, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently, and provide faster health care for Ontario patients and their families.”
Ontario has committed to adding 15,000 long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 in 10 years to help cut hospital wait times and end hallway medicine.
“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Elliott. “Our government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to end hallway health care.”