OMNI applauding approval of 15,000 LTC beds in Ontario

Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith (right) addresses Riverview Manor residents, staff members and families Dec. 17, alongside OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy.

Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith was recently at Riverview Manor to officially make the announcement, which includes the addition of 36 beds for the new Riverview

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – OMNI Health Care is applauding the Ontario government’s approval of 15,000 new long-term care beds – including an additional 36 beds at the new Riverview Manor which is slated to open by December 2022 – as well as plans to upgrade an additional 15,000 existing beds in the province to meet modern design standards.

Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith was at Riverview Manor Dec. 17 to formally make the announcement, along with OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, to an audience of residents, family members, staff and media.

“The announcement of new beds in Peterborough means increased access to care and supports the redevelopment and modernization of older homes such as Riverview Manor to meet the needs and expectations of residents and families,” McCarthy says.

“We have a long history of providing care in our community and look forward to serving for many years to come in our expanded and redeveloped home.”

Along with the 36 additional beds the new Riverview Manor will be receiving, funding has also been earmarked for another 192 new long-term care beds and upgrades to 336 existing beds in the Peterborough area.

The government announced a plan to redevelop older long-term care beds and to develop 15,000 additional long-term care beds in the province, of which 7,889 have been awarded to date.

The initial bed awards included upgrades and expansion to four OMNI homes – Country Terrace, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Woodland Villa and Almonte Country Haven – as well as the rebuild for a new 160-bed Riverview Manor on Langton Street in Peterborough’s north end.

Once homes are redeveloped they will 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.

While construction on the new Riverview Manor was initially slated to begin as early as this past autumn, the time required to obtain various levels of approvals has affected scheduling, and shovels are now expected to be in the ground this year.

If additional beds are made available, it will have limited impact on the timing of construction for the new Riverview Manor, McCarthy says.

The Ontario government also recently announced the approval of 24 new Ontario Health Teams to move forward to the next stage of implementation, including Peterborough. Riverview Manor is a long-term care member of the Peterborough Ontario Health Team.

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