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
"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
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
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.
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at 905-791-7800 Ext. 4507.