Long Term Care Getting Ready to Make A Greener Footprint

    MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The environmental footprint of about half of
Ontario's long term care homes is about to get greener.
    The approximately 300 older homes that will be renewed over the next 10
years will put an environmental priority into the planning, development and
operation of each project, everywhere from minimizing construction waste to
maximizing energy and water usage efficiencies. Discussions are ongoing with
the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on realizing environmental
objectives as part of the Phase 1 program planning.
    "We are looking forward to being able to contribute to a greener province
by creating more environmentally friendly physical, care and work environments
for residents, staff and communities all across Ontario," said OLTCA Executive
Director Janet Lambert.
    The province's capital renewal program for B and C homes will see the
sector and the province work together to rebuild/retrofit the province's
oldest long term care homes that serve some 35,000 residents. The program will
ensure that residents in these homes will be able to enjoy the same physical
care, comfort and dignity standards as the 36,000 residents in the newly built
and recently rebuilt/retrofitted homes.

    OLTCA represents the private, not-for-profit, charitable and municipal
operators of 430 long term care homes that provide care and services to some
50,000 residents throughout Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Gilbert Heffern, Director of
Communications and Public Affairs, (905) 470-8995, ext. 25, (647) 999-8341
(cell), gheffern@oltca.com

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