Ontario Connecting Long-Term Care Residents in Eastern Ontario to Specialized Care and Supports

Investment providing supports in long-term care homes instead of hospitals

John Jordan, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care

ALMONTE — The Ontario government is investing $173,706 in three long-term care homes in Eastern Ontario to help seniors with complex needs like dementia and bariatric care connect to specialized care and supports in a home instead of a hospital. This is part of a $20 million investment in 2022-23 in 189 projects provincewide through a new Local Priorities Fund operated by Ontario Health.

“We’re expanding specialized services and supports for long-term care residents in eastern Ontario, so that people with complex needs get the care they need and deserve in the comfort of a home, instead of a hospital,” said John Jordan, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care. “Our government is taking action to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the right care in the right place.”

Some Local Priorities Fund projects help residents get specialized care in their long-term care home, reducing emergency department visits and hospital admissions. Others help long-term care homes admit alternate level of care hospital patients – people who no longer require acute care in hospital, but who have complex needs that are difficult to accommodate without specialized services and supports.

The projects that have been allocated funding in eastern Ontario are:

  • $89,550 for two projects at Fairview Manor in Almonte for specialized bariatric equipment and supplies, and IV infusion pumps;
  • $42,256 for one project at Fairmount Home in Glenburnie for specialized falls prevention equipment; and
  • $41,900 for one project at Rideaucrest Home in Kingston for bariatric equipment.

The Local Priorities Fund is part of an investment of over $120 million in 2022-23 to provide access to a range of specialized services and supports that are helping long-term care residents with complex needs access connected and convenient care in the right place.

The government is fixing long-term care to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. This work is built on four pillars: staffing and care; quality and enforcement; building modern, safe, and comfortable homes; and providing seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need.

Quick Facts

  • The province has also announced Local Priorities Fund projects in the Niagara RegionOttawaBramptonMississauga, and Windsor and Essex County.
  • Ontario’s over $120 million investment in specialized services and supports in 2022-23 included up to $20 million for the Ontario Health Local Priorities Fund referenced in today’s announcement, $5.91 million for four new Behavioural Specialized Units in long-term care homes, an additional $5 million for Behavioural Supports Ontario, $2.6 million for Baycrest’s Virtual Behaviour Medicine program, and $4.5 million to build dedicated spaces for health care at a new seniors’ housing complex in Kenora.
  • Through a $6.4 billion investment, Ontario now has over 30,000 new and 28,000 upgraded beds in development across the province. This will help increase overall bed capacity, address long-term care waitlists and hallway health care, and provide our seniors the care they deserve.
  • The Ontario government is providing up to $1.25 billion this year to long-term care homes to hire and retain thousands more long-term care staff. This is part of the government’s historic four-year, $4.9 billion commitment to increase the provincewide average direct care time provided to residents to four hours per day by March 31, 2025.


“Thank you to MPP John Jordan and the Ministry of Long-Term Care for this welcome funding. Specialized equipment purchased through the Local Priorities Fund helps us to provide the safe, high-quality care that our residents require and deserve, and gives their families peace of mind that their loved ones are being well cared for. The funding has also been used to remove barriers that may prevent us from welcoming other residents with unique needs into our home. At Fairview Manor, our team strives to give each resident the kind of care that we would want for our own family members.”

– Mary Wilson Trider
President and CEO, Fairview Manor

SOURCE Province of Ontario

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