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Improving Safety, Security and Comfort in Long-Term Care Homes

Planning Underway to Redevelop about 300 Long-Term Care Homes

October 28, 2014

Ontario is moving forward with enhanced plans to redevelop approximately 300 older long-term care homes in the province.

To ensure continued safety and quality of care for residents, Ontario will work with long-term care home operators, residents and their advocates, as well as Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to bring all long-term care homes up to the highest design standards.

Sector engagement is expected to start in November 2014 and will focus on:

These efforts will provide increased support to long-term care home operators as they move forward with re-development.

Ensuring the privacy, safety, security and comfort of all long-term care home residents supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care by ensuring that residents get the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is also part of the Ontario government's four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talent and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

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“Redeveloping long-term care homes is a key part of our strategy. Improving the physical space lays the foundation to creating a safe and comfortable community where seniors’ personal, medical and emotional needs are taken care of.”
— Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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