Long-term care homes getting large funding boost

Journal Staff

Six long-term care homes in Sarnia are getting a $2.5-million cash injection this year to increase staffing levels and even larger funding boosts over the next several years, Ontario has announced.

The new funding will raise the level of care that residents receive from nurses and personal support workers to three hours a day, from the current average of two hours and 45 minutes.

Additional physiotherapists and social workers will also be hired, said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey.

“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,” he said.

Recipient homes in Sarnia include:

AFTON PARK PLACE: $455,957 this year and another $2.8 million annually in funding by 2024-25.

MARSHALL GOWLAND MANOR: $448,836 this year and an additional $2.75 million annually by 2024-45.

SUMAC LODGE: $320,592 this year and an additional $2 million annually by 2024-25.

TRILLIUM VILLA NURSING HOME: $541,449 this year and an additional $3.3 million annually by 2024-25.

TWIN LAKES TERRACE: $213,731 this year and an additional $1.3 million annually by 2024-25.

VISION NURSING HOME: $520,076 this year, and an additional $3.2 million annually by 2024-25.

Two homes in Petrolia, Fiddick’s Nursing Home and Lambton Meadowview Villa, are also getting large increases.

The government said overall it is investing $4.9 billion over four years to hire 27,000 additional long-term care staff.