'An incredible benefit': 23 more beds approved for Avalon Care Centre redevelopment

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The Avalon Care Centre has been approved for 23 more spaces, in addition to the current 137 spaces, as part of the redevelopment of the facility.

The announcement was made on Nov. 20 by the Ministry of Long-Term Care. The ministry noted that the project will involve a new building and campus of care being constructed on the same site as the current home, bringing the total number of beds to 160.

“On behalf of everyone at the Home, we are absolutely thrilled with last week's announcement regarding the award of 23 new Long Term Care beds,” Stephanie Barber, community relations coordinator for the Avalon Care Centre, told the Banner.

The Avalon has operated in Orangeville for more than 30 years, and Barber said they are excited for the next chapter of the facility’s future in the community.

“We feel honoured that we will have the opportunity to further extend our tradition of excellence in care to a wider demographic of seniors in the Orangeville community for years to come,” said Barber.

There is a growing need for long-term care facilities to meet the demands of the demographics. Barber noted that the current waitlist in Ontario exceeds 38,500 individuals, and the number of people aged 80 and up are expected to double in the next 16 years.

“We are confident that the redevelopment of Long Term Care Homes such as the Avalon Care Centre will be an incredible benefit to our industry,” she said.

The Avalon has not provided information regarding a timeline for the expansion project. The Town of Orangeville’s Planner, Brandon Ward, told the Banner nothing has been brought forward to the town yet.

“No planning applications have been submitted, nor has there been any pre-submission consultation initiated with Planning Division staff regarding the proposed expansion,” said Ward.

Whenever the expansion does move forward, Barber noted it will be thanks to ‘outstanding efforts’ from MPP Sylvia Jones, Minister of Long Term Care Merrilee Fullerton and Premier Doug Ford.

“We are grateful for the leadership and dedication that our Provincial government has demonstrated in championing a sustainable future for our long term care sector at large,” said Barber.

Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Chris Halliday/The Orangeville Banner, Orangeville Banner