A new long-term care home will soon replace Aylmer’s Terrace Lodge facility, the provincial government announced Wednesday.
The move is part of a larger plan by the province, announced in April, to invest in renovating and redeveloping over 300-long term care homes in Ontario over the next nine years.
As part of the plan, homes being redeveloped will see additional space for specialized programs, spacious rooms with greater wheelchair access, accessible dining areas “that provide a home-like atmosphere,” more private staff work spaces, and other improvements, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said in a media release.
In addition, the number of nurse practitioners in Ontario long-term care homes will be increased over the next three years from 18 to 93.
Aylmer specifically will see the construction of a new 100-bed building on land adjacent to the current Terrace Lodge structure. The Ministry did not say when the new building is expected to open.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, visited Terrace Lodge on Wednesday.
According to the province, since 2003, 10,000 new long-term care home spaces have been created, and just over 13,500 older long-term care spaces have been renovated. Terrace Lodge, which is operated by Elgin County, is also eligible for a construction funding subsidy, the province said.
“Long-term care homes like Terrace Lodge are not just facilities – they are peoples’ homes,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a statement. “It is vital that they remain up-to- date to provide residents with secure, safe and comfortable surroundings. The redevelopment of long-term care homes will also help create jobs in the Aylmer area.”
In a statement, Elgin County Warden Bernie Wiehle said the funding would help the county embark on the major investment.
“Previous Councils have invested in quality care for Elgin’s residents when Bobier Villa and Elgin Manor were rebuilt in 1996 and 2003 respectively,” Wiehle said. “This redevelopment will enhance the quality of life for residents of Terrace Lodge now and for many years to come.”