ONTARIO TAKING ACTION TO IMMEDIATELY INCREASE STAFFING IN LTC, LEADING TO MORE DIRECT CARE FOR RESIDENTS IN MILTON
Milton ON – As part of its plan to fix long-term care, the Ontario government will provide up to $673 million this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents. This includes over $2.2 million for long-term care homes in Milton This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.
These funds will increase care for residents at:
- Allendale – Regional Municipality of Halton, in Milton, will receive up to $1,744,272 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.
- Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home, in Burlington, will receive up to $523,284 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.
“This funding will allow homes in Milton to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said MPP Parm Gill. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”
“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”
Milton is also receiving 608 new long term care beds. Milton will be home to Excelligent Care, Mill Pond Manor and Schlegel Villages. Seniors entering long-term care today are older and have more complex medical needs than they did just a decade ago. The level of care residents need has increased dramatically, but the amount of care they receive each day has not. In the nine years, between 2009 and 2018, the amount of care each resident received, by all providers, per day increased by only 22 minutes. Our government, over the span of four years, will increase direct hours of care by 1 hour and 21 minutes.
The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes:
- $270 million in 2021-22
- $673 million in 2022-23
- $1.25 billion in 2023-24
- $1.82 billion in 2024-25