New Long-Term Care Centre at Trent UniversityPublished on March 18, 2021
MPP Dave Smith announced today a new long-term care centre at Trent University with 224 new beds
Peterborough— The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects — including one in Peterborough that will lead to 224 new long-term care spaces. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Province-wide, these investments also support key government priorities, including eliminating three and four bed ward rooms, creating campuses of care and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.
“For years, a lot was promised when it came to long-term care and little was delivered,” MPP Dave Smith said. “That’s changed. Today’s announcement is another example of the real, tangible progress we’re making in Peterborough towards building a modern long-term care system that meets the needs of our community,” MPP Smith added.
“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need when they need it,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment.”
“peopleCare is thrilled to have this opportunity to build and operate a world-class long-term care Centre of Excellence in beautiful Peterborough, and we sincerely thank the government for their ongoing investments to modernize care and services for seniors in this province,” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO of peopleCare. “We are also pleased to work with another leading and innovative organization like Trent University to bring teaching, research, clinical best practices and intergenerational connections to life through this exciting collaboration.”
“Trent is committed to the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities in which we reside. This new agreement with peopleCare Communities will continue this tradition,” says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Through this groundbreaking intergenerational project, we will co-design a long term care home that will improve the lives of local seniors at the same time that it advances student life and learning. This is an exciting initiative which will build on Trent’s reputation as a globally-recognized, age-friendly university – and help address the region’s need for long-term care beds, career experiences for students and leading research in gerontology.”
These projects are part Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.
As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.
Ontario is investing $933 million in these projects provincewide, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years.
With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.