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Additional long-term care beds for Niagara Health ‘great news’ for region

Posted Mar 19th, 2021

Niagara Health will be better able to meet the needs of our aging population thanks to provincial funding to expand capacity at our long-term care home in Welland.

“This is great news for our region,” says Lynn Guerriero, Niagara Health President and Interim CEO. “These additional beds will enhance the level of service we provide our community, ease hospital capacity pressures and improve access to long-term care for Niagara residents. We are very grateful to the Ministry of Long-Term Care for its support.”

Niagara Health is in the planning stages for the redevelopment of a new long-term care facility on the Welland Site, and the investment in these beds will help move that planning forward.

Niagara Health currently operates 115 long-term care beds at the Welland Site – 75 beds in our Extended Care Unit and 40 beds in an adjacent interim unit. The 40 interim beds will become permanent beds, and there will be an expansion of an additional 13 beds, bringing the total to 128 permanent beds.

“I’m so pleased for our residents and families, our staff and the community,” says Debbie Smith, Administrator of the Extended Care Unit. “It has been a difficult year because of the pandemic, and news of this announcement is bringing smiles to a lot of faces.”

The Welland investment is part of a provincial announcement made yesterday to allocate 11,707 long-term care spaces, both new and upgraded, through 80 projects across Ontario.

Learn more about long-term care services at Niagara Health.

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