Province to fund 62 new beds in a re-developed long-term care home in Markdale

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Many who fought to keep Grey Gables as a county long-term-care home were rejoicing last week over news it will be expanding instead.

MPP Bill Walker announced that 62 new beds have been assigned to the facility, making a 128-bed home in Markdale.

Grey Warden Paul McQueen said that the matter will be coming before county council this Thursday.

He sees two possible options, either to add on to the existing building or to build a new building between the current Grey Gables and the new hospital and re-purpose the existing building, perhaps for assisted living.

“This is fantastic news for the east side of Grey County,” he said in an e-mail reply “especially with all the growth that is happening.”

Among those celebrating are the Knott family, who all feel like Grey Gables is an extension of their home. Rod Knott, a former warden, was part of the fight to save Grey Gables, where his wife Marjorie lives.

“We are very thrilled with expanding capacity at Grey Gables,” their daughter Michelle Knott of Dundalk responded when asked for her reaction to the news.

“We know how important Grey Gables is to the community and are very pleased that Grey Gables will continue to be able to provide quality care in our area to more residents!”

Grey County is planning a completely new build for Rockwood Terrace in Durham, and the county is also looking at putting affordable housing at the site. The county is also looking as a “campus of care” model in Markdale.

Mr. Walker made the announcement that the beds would be added as part of the 2020 Budget, described as an action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

“I’m grateful to Minister Fullerton and Premier Doug Ford who personally toured over a year ago and promised to make our seniors a priority.” he said in a press release.

Among the 29 new long-term care projects across Ontario, 19 will include campuses of care, where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site. The projects include almost 2,000 new spaces and 1,000 upgraded spaces.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald