FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – The Ontario government is adding 31 new and upgrading 97 beds at the Hallowell House near Picton, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.
The redevelopment is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
“We know there is a great demand for long-term care beds in Prince Edward County and across our region now and our aging demographics and fast-growing communities suggest the need is only going to increase,” said Smith. “Our government is taking the necessary steps to build modern beds so that people can receive the care they need closer to home.”
Wendy Gilmour, the Senior Vice-President of Long-Term Care at Revera, which owns Hallowell House, welcomed news of the provincial investment.
“The redevelopment and expansion of Hallowell House demonstrates Revera’s commitment to renewing our long-term care infrastructure. This new, larger 128-bed Picton home will incorporate the latest design standards to create a safe, home-like environment for residents, better working conditions for staff, and greater access to care in Prince Edward County,” said Gilmour. “Revera looks forward to working with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and Prince Edward County in getting this project underway.”
Including the project at Hallowell House, there are now 533 new and 395 upgraded long-term care beds in development, under construction, or completed in the area, including the following projects:
- 76 new and 84 upgraded beds at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home
- 72 new and 88 upgraded beds at Westgate Lodge
- 62 new and 66 upgraded beds at Village Green
- 128 new beds at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital
- 128 new beds at Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
- 36 new and 60 upraded beds at Friendly Manor Nursing Home
“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When the construction at this home is complete, it will be a place for 128 local seniors to call home, near their family and friends.”
The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.
- Ontario has over 22,000 new and 18,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 76 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
- Ontario plans to invest an additional $3.7 billion, beginning in 2024-25, on top of the historic $2.68 billion already invested, to support this new series of allocations for the development of 10,000 net new and more than 12,000 upgraded beds across the province. These historic investments would bring the total to $6.4 billion since spring 2019.
- In response to the evolving Omicron situation, the Province has put additional measures in place to protect residents, staff and caregivers, including making fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available to residents who received their third dose at least three months ago, and making third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for staff, students, volunteers, caregivers and support workers.
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