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Funding boost for long-term care staffing

As part of its plan to attempt to fix long-term care, the Ontario government will provide up to $673 million more this year to the homes across the province to increase staffing levels, to lead to more direct care for residents.

This includes $7,857,960 for nine long-term care homes in Bay of Quinte. 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 2024-2025.

“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 Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “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.”

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 just 22 minutes. The provincial government, over the span of four years, plans to increase direct hours of care by one hour and 21 minutes.

Allocations for additional staffing to increase hours of direct care for patients, for 2022-2023 are as follows:
– Hastings Manor, in Bellville, will receive up to $2,206,512.
– McFarland Home for the Aged, in Picton, will receive up to $732,588.
– Westgate Lodge Nursing Home, in Belleville, will receive up to $645,384.
– Trent Valley Lodge Nursing Home, in Trenton, will receive up to $889,572.
– Versa Care Hallowell House, in Picton, will receive up to $619,224.
– Kentwood Park, in Picton, will receive up to $296,520.
– West Lake Terrace, in Picton, will receive up to $287,808.
– Crown Ridge Place, in Trenton, will receive up to $1,064,016.
– Belmont Nursing Home, in Belleville, will receive up to $1,116,336.

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care, in a media release. “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.”

Calandra states the government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes:
$270 million in 2021-22
$673 million in 2022-23
$1.25 billion in 2023-24
$1.82 billion in 2024-25

Ontario now has more than 24,000 new and 19,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline, which means more than 80 per cent of 30,000 net new beds are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.


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