Burlington MPP Jane McKenna recently announced that the Ontario government is investing an additional $822,400 towards long-term care homes in Burlington amid the second wave of COVID-19.
The additional funding will help to increase prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes as well as reduce the risk of the virus from entering the homes.
Additionally, the funding will cover expenses including an immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure, continued screening of residents on an ongoing basis and the hiring of new staff to carry-out the added workload for essential services.
It will also cover cleaning expenses and the implementation of infection control measures.
“Protecting our loved ones across Burlington in long-term care facilities is my top priority,” said Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington.
“Throughout the pandemic, our local homes have continued to provide high quality, compassionate care while doing everything possible to keep their residents safe from COVID-19. This new funding will provide further support for our local homes to improve infection prevention and control and will help ensure a safer environment for all seniors and staff.”
Homes in Burlington receiving additional funding during the second wave include the following.
Billings Court Manor (160 beds) is receiving an additional $150,600, Burloak Long-term Care Home (145 beds) is receiving an additional $176,800, CAMA Woodlands Nursing Home (128 beds) is receiving an additional $137,600 and Brant Centre Long-term Care Residence (175 beds) is receiving an additional $239,300.
Additionally, Hampton Terrace Care Centre (101 beds) is receiving an additional $72,500, Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre (93 beds) is receiving an additional $45,600 and Wellington Park Care Centre (132 beds) is receiving an additional $98,000.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government has invested a total of $1.38 billion to ensure that long-term care homes have the proper resources required to fight against the virus.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep them safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken quick and decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to care for our loved ones.”
When an outbreak is declared in a home, the province works alongside local public health units, hospital partners, the local health integration networks and all health sector partners to help stabilize the situation.
To address staffing challenges, the government has launched one of the largest recruitment and training drives to provide an average of four hours of daily direct care for residents, making Ontario the Canadian leader in the provision of care.
Additionally, Ontario is increasing annual investments to implement its staffing plan, culminating in $1.9 billion contributed annually by 2024-25 in order to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses in long-term care.