For Immediate Release
October 10, 2001

Judy Heffern
Director, Long-Term Care
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2647

Region of Peel Breaks Ground for Two New Long-Term Care Facilities Opening in 2003

(Brampton) - Regional Chair Emil Kolb was joined last week by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Tony Clement, and MPPs Carl DeFaria, Raminder Gill, and Joe Spina at the sod turning ceremonies for the Region's two new long-term care facilities. One new facility will be built in Mississauga, at the corner of Derry Road and Rexwood Drive, and another will be built in Brampton, at the corner of Peter Robertson Boulevard and Sunny Meadow Boulevard.

"We know the need is there for these facilities, and we're thrilled to be getting underway with construction to meet the needs of our community," said Chair Kolb.

The Region chose the sites for the new facilities in significantly under-bedded areas of the Region. The new facilities will have 160 beds each, and will serve seniors of Peel Region who suffer from Alzheimer's, dementia and cognitive impairments, or who have convalescent care and palliative needs.

"Today's groundbreaking is tangible evidence of the Harris government's commitment to provide quality, sustainable, long-term care services in our province," said Minister Clement. "We recognize that as the population ages, demands for long-term care will increase. We are proud to continue to work with the Region of Peel in its devotion to outstanding long-term care facilities."

Peel is currently the most under-bedded municipality in Ontario, with 69 beds per 1,000 population aged 75 plus, compared to the Ontario average of 96 beds per 1,000 population aged 75 plus. In 1998, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced that 20,000 new long-term care beds would be constructed across Ontario by 2006. Peel received 2,304 of these beds, raising the ratio of bedding to the Provincial average. However, the predicted increase in the aged population will result in a shortage of long-term care beds in Peel again by 2008.

"We're thankful to the Province for contributing funding to get these facilities built," said Kolb. "We're hoping we can count on further support from the Province in the future to help us sustain operations at the new facilities."

The two new facilities, which are identical in design, will provide residents with a home-like setting, with rooms that can be adapted to residents' personal tastes. A central courtyard will provide a garden-like setting for residents to enjoy.

The Region of Peel currently operates three long-term care facilities and was recently awarded with a three-year accreditation with no recommendations for improvement from the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA). A three-year accreditation is the highest award the CCHSA can bestow.

"We have established ourselves as providers of the highest quality long-term care, and we will continue striving to provide our residents with the best care possible," said Kolb.

Regional Chair Emil Kolb (second right) was joined by (left to right) MPPs Carl DeFaria, Joe Spina, Raminder Gill, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Tony Clement, and Regional Councillor Paul Palleschi at the sod-turning ceremony for the new long-term facility in Brampton. During the sod turning ceremony in Mississauga: (left to right) Commissioner of Health Peter Graham, MPP Carl DeFaria, Regional Chair Emil Kolb and Regional Councillor Cliff Gyles.
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Tony Clement spoke at the sod turning ceremony in Brampton. Regional Chair Emil Kolb and Regional Councillor Paul Palleschi at the sod turning ceremony in Brampton.

*Photos available upon request. Please contact Irene McCutcheon at 905-791-7800 Ext. 4507.

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