As reported in last week’s Times, Long Term Care homes are receiving new funding from the Ontario government, part of a $270 million envelope of funds being provided across the province to increase staffing levels. The aim is to increase the amount of direct care patients receive to an average of 4 hours per day by 2025.
Bayfield Manor in Kemptville will get up to $178,111 for additional staffing, and, by the fiscal year 2024-2025, the home will receive an additional $1,090,884 in addition to their current funding. The figures for other facilties in North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford are:
- Kemptville District Hospital: up to $42,476 this year, and an additional $261,816 by 2024-25.
- Rosebridge Manor in Jasper: up to $220,852 this year, and an additional $1,352,700 by 2024-25.
- Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Merrickville: up to $370,464 this year, and an additional $2,269,032 by 2024-2025.
“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”
Currently, residents receive an average of two hours and 45 minutes of direct care from nurses and personal support workers. This funding will increase the daily average to 3 hours, per resident per day by the end of this fiscal year.