160 new peopleCare LTC beds to benefit seniors in Tillsonburg
TILLSONBURG, Ontario, Jan 13, 2022 – The Ministry of Long-Term Care has awarded peopleCare Communities 160 new long-term care bed licenses, enabling us to build a brand-new home in the heart of the town of Tillsonburg. This welcome news means more local seniors and their families will have access to the quality care and services they need to live and age well in this flourishing community.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care, alongside Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman and Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar.
“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When completed, this new long-term care home in Tillsonburg will provide a safe, modern, comfortable place for residents to call home, near their family and friends.”
“Increasing long-term care capacity where its most needed is a top priority for Ontario’s health system so getting the green light to deliver high quality care and services to more seniors in Tillsonburg is wonderful news.” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO, peopleCare. “Thank you, Minister Phillips. Thank you, MPP Hardeman. Your government has shown tremendous leadership in supporting operators throughout this pandemic, continuing to invest in long-term care and enhancing care and supports for Ontario’s aging seniors.”
Long-time Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman says the new beds will be of tremendous value to seniors in Tillsonburg and the surrounding community. “This is great news for Oxford. This project will help provide a much-needed capacity increase that is so important to Oxford – especially in Tillsonburg, where there is a population of seniors that is much higher than the provincial average. I commend peopleCare for its commitment to seeing this project come to fruition.”
Megan Allen-Lamb, President of peopleCare, says the organization will partner in the community to ensure the long-term care home, and eventual care campus, enables seniors to live and age well, and more independently – receiving a range of care, services and community-based health and social supports, all in one place.
“Integrated senior living campuses promote inclusion and healthy aging, which is incredibly valuable to today’s seniors and their families as their needs change over time,” says Allen-Lamb. “We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of Mayor Molnar, Tillsonburg Council, Oxford County and other key community partners like Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, and we look forward to continued engagement to help identify innovative opportunities to address local needs.”
The Town of Tillsonburg has long recognized the need for additional long-term care beds in the community, bringing the issue forward as a priority action item in its 2021 Community Strategic Plan.
“We heard clearly through the Community Strategic Plan process that residents want access to the amenities, services and attractions they require to live balanced lifestyles within the community, especially as they age,” says Tillsonburg Chief Administrative Officer Kyle Pratt. “Council and staff have been working on this issue for several years now. It’s exciting to see those advocacy efforts bear fruit.”
“This investment will contribute to better health outcomes and quality of life for the vulnerable in our community, while ultimately benefiting the entire region,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “It also opens up the possibility for additional partnerships in the future as we look to support local health care delivery through a more comprehensive approach, considering issues like access to training and affordable housing.”
When the new Tillsonburg home opens, peopleCare will be a significant employer in the community and collaborating with sector partners to build a workforce of skilled, engaged and caring individuals will continue to be one of the organization’s most urgent priorities. Hundreds of students from many different academic institutions already spend time working and learning in peopleCare homes each year, and the organization works hard to ensure they have positive experiences so they realize long-term care is a wonderful career option for anyone looking to work in health care today.
About peopleCare Communities
peopleCare Communities is a Canadian, family owned and mission-driven leading operator of senior living communities, with strong values and a 50-year history of service. We are committed to engagement and collaboration to create vibrant communities of care that deliver meaningful experiences, clinical best practices, engaging programs and integrated services that meet seniors’ changing needs. peopleCare’s innovation focus and leadership has earned Accreditation Canada Exemplary Status, Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum designation, and the single largest research grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, which funded our award-winning Clinical Pharmacy Model, a first-of-its-kind for long-term care in Canada. One of peopleCare’s Homes was recently named an ISMP Champion supporting the government’s Strengthening Medication Safety in LTC Initiative. Our vision is to Change the World of Senior Living.
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