McGuinty Government Increases Access To Long-Term Care Beds For South Niagara Residents

    New Beds Will Bring 70 Jobs To The Region

    WELLAND, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is awarding a total
of 96 new long-term care home beds to South Niagara to increase access to
quality long-term care health services, Health and Long-Term Care Minister
George Smitherman announced today.
    "Our government is working hard to meet the needs of communities that are
experiencing long-term care pressures," said Smitherman. "These new beds in
Welland mean residents will have access to a higher quality of life in a new,
home-like environment."
    The $7.2 million investment will allow the construction of a 96-bed long
term care home to be opened by the end of 2010 by Specialty Care.
    "We are delighted the government is moving forward with this new
investment to enrich the Welland community and make life easier for
residents," said Juanita Gledhill, chair of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand
Brant LHIN. "The opportunity to remain within the community they know and be
close to friends and family will certainly help maintain the quality of life
of these residents."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in improving the quality of life for long-term care
residents. Other initiatives include:

    -  Providing residents with more nutritious food by increasing the daily
       raw food allowance to $7.00, effective September 1, 2007;

    -  Funding 6,100 new front-line staff, including 2,300 nurses;

    -  Redeveloping 35,000 older long-term care beds over the next 10 years
       to ensure equitable access to quality long-term care home

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

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For further information:

For further information: David Spencer, Minister's Office, (416)
327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197;
Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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