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HealthcareOntario Taking Action to Immediately Increase Staffing in long-term care homes

The Ontario government is providing up to $673 million more this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents. This includes $7,570,164 for long-term care homes in Brantford-Brant. This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.

These funds will increase care for residents at:

·       John Noble Home, in Brantford, will receive up to $1,360,536 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, in Brantford, will receive up to $1,787,880 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Fox Ridge Care Community, in Brantford, will receive up to $1,064,016 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Hardy Terrace, in Brantford, will receive up to $776,208 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Brierwood Gardens, in Brantford, will receive up to $688,980 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Iroquois Lodge Nursing Home, in Ohsweken, will receive up to $436,068 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Telfer Place, in Paris, will receive up to $305,256 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

·       Park Lane Terrace Nursing Home, in Paris, will receive up to $1,151,220 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said MPP Will Bouma. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.” 

Seniors entering long-term care today are older and have more complex medical needs than they did just a decade ago. The level of care residents need has increased dramatically, but the amount of care they receive each day has not. In the nine years, between 2009 and 2018, the amount of care each resident received, by all providers, per day increased by only 22 minutes. Our government, over the span of four years, will increase direct hours of care by 1 hour and 21 minutes.

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