Woodland Villa to add 17 beds by 2022

Local MPP says addition will help improve access to LTC in the region

Woodland Villa in Long Sault has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a redevelopment project that will add 17 long-term care beds by December 2022 to help alleviate waiting lists in the largely rural region.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (SDSG) MPP Jim McDonell was at Woodland Villa May 4 to make the announcement.

“Our community spent years advocating for greater long-term care access in rural areas, including writing letters and signing petitions. Their voices are starting to be heard,” McDonell said.

“The seniors who built the Ontario we know and cherish deserve to receive the care they need promptly and locally. These new beds will help relieve some of the pressure of long wait lists today, but it is important to redouble our efforts to ensure that sufficient capacity will be in place for tomorrow’s senior population in SDSG.”

The Ontario government introduced a long-term-care-home renewal strategy in 2014 as a multiyear plan to support the renewal of 30,000 beds by 2025.

OMNI Health Care has long supported the goal of rebuilding and modernizing older long-term care homes in Ontario. Many of OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes, including Woodland Villa, are in rural areas.

Rebuilding and renovating homes will provide more comfortable, home-like rooms and amenities, enhance care and provide greater dignity for residents and families.

Newer homes will also offer wider hallways, smaller resident home areas, more storage and quieter, more home-like dining and lounge spaces. Privacy for residents will be improved through the elimination of three- and four-bed wards.

Woodland Villa is one of four OMNI homes to receive approval for redevelopment. Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood has been approved for an additional 35 beds and Almonte Country Haven in Lanark County will be adding 14 beds. Funding has also been approved to build a new 160-bed Riverview Manor will be built in Peterborough. Riverview Manor is currently home to 124 residents.

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