Province gives a $3 million boost to increase direct care hours in Grey-Bruce LTC homes

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Long-term care homes in Grey-Bruce will receive almost $3 million in new funding so that staffing can be increased to support more direct care time for residents.

This funding will increase the daily average to 3 hours, per resident per day by the end of this fiscal year, from two hours and 45 minutes. The funding province-wide is up to $270 million.

It’s a step along the way to meet the provincial commitment that on average each resident will receive four hours per day of direct care from nurses and personal support workers by the year 2024-2025.

The increases this year for the homes closest to Dundalk are:

-Grey Gables Long-Term Care Home in Markdale - up to $235,104 for additional staffing. By 2024-2025, the annual funding for the home will be about $1.4 million more than at present.

-Rockwood Terrace in Durham - up to $356,212. By 2024-2025, the facility will receive about $2.2 million annually more than it does now.

- Country Lane Long Term Care Residence, in Chatsworth, will receive up to $96,179. By 2024-2025, it will receive about $590,000 more than now on an annual basis.

Also part of the funding announcement was more money to increase care by other health care workers such as physiotherapists and social workers by 10 percent this year.

“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” MPP Bill Walker said in a press release on Oct. 8.

The government’s plan to reach the four hours per day goal will need 27,000 more care staff over four years.

The commitment is set out as follows:

-$270 million in 2021-22

- $673 million in 2022-23

- $1.25 billion in 2023-24

-$1.82 billion in 2024-25.

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

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