A provincial plan for seniors and long-term care is being heralded by Kitchener Centre Liberal MPP Daiene Vernile as the “best road map” for supporting seniors at all stages of their lives.
Vernile was at the Village of Winston Park, a Schlegel Villages facility last Friday (Nov. 17) to discuss Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.
The $155-million plan will aid in the creation of 5,000 new long-term care (LTC) beds over the next four years and calls for the creation of 30,000 during the next decade.
It promises to provide 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care annually for residents in LTC homes. There’s also support for “naturally occurring” retirement communities by investing more than $15 million over two years.
“This investment will allow more Ontario seniors to take control of their health care decisions, live within a vibrant, caring community, connect with other age groups and ultimately enjoy a high quality of life,” said James Schlegel, Schlegel Villages president and CEO.
What it means for Waterloo Region exactly has yet to be determined, according to Connie MacDonald, director of communications and community engagement with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).