Romano Announces Long-term Care Home for Batchewana First Nations

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The Ontario government is investing in 80 new long-term care projects, one of which will be here in Sault Ste Marie. This new local long-term care space will provide 96 new care spaces.

Batchewana First Nation will be the recipients of this new Long-term Care home to serve Indigenous residents in Sault Ste Marie and area.

The proposed site is located in the heart of the Rankin community, directly adjacent to the City of Sault Ste. Marie. This location borders the Garden River Reserve on it's East boundary and the City of Sault Ste. Marie directly on it's West Boundary, making it a great central location.

“We are extremely happy to be able to provide our Elder’s with the level of compassion and care that they deserve,” said Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers. “A Lot of hard work has gone into ensuring that this facility will encompass a holistic approach that is sensitive to the needs of our Elders. Our people can breathe a little easier knowing that there is a safe, loving place within our homelands for family members as they progress in years and for that we are immensely grateful.”

This project will help to reduce wait lists and end hallway medicine. Helping to eliminate three and four bed ward rooms, and create campuses of care and provide new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.

“These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment,” shares Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.

As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Long Term Care modernization plan to deliver 30,000 much-needed care spaces over the span of ten years.

This is part of a public push to address and improve Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) in the wake of COVID-19.

Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for loved ones living in long term care homes, making Ontario the only province to take this important step in long-term care.

Ontario is moving forward with 80 other new long-term care projects province-wide, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com