NDP Opening More Long-term Care Beds
September 19, 2013
Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the communities where the NDP will replace more than 700 long-term care beds allowing seniors to live with the dignity they deserve.
“The NDP is standing up for seniors and their families by making sure they have long-term care options that provide the care they need in a home as comfortable as the one they’re leaving,” said Dexter.
The NDP has committed $16 million in the 2014-15 budget for replacing these long-term care beds.
Planning for the following long-term care beds will begin in 2014:
* 202 beds – Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow
* 67 beds – Wolfville Nursing Home, Wolfville
* 61 beds – Mahone Nursing Home, Mahone Bay
* 29 beds – Hillsview Acres, Queens County
Planning for the following long-term care beds will begin in 2015:
* 99 beds – Gables Lodge Limited, Amherst
* 90 beds – Shoreham Village, Chester
* 86 beds – Villa Acadienne, Clare
* 66 beds – Roseway Manor, Shelburne
* 12 beds – Carefield Manor, Sydney
This is in addition to the 25 beds previously announced for the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish and 42 beds for The Birches Home for Special Care in Musquodoboit Harbour. Under the NDP, new homes will start to open in 2016.
Sheilah Hunter, an 80-year-old resident of Cole Harbour said, “Darrell Dexter has always stood up for seniors. We certainly need more long-term care beds and from what I see, the NDP is the only party that seems to understand this need is critical. I’m very pleased with this announcement today. “
“The NDP is working with communities to make sure they have as much time as possible to start collaborating with their DHAs to plan how these beds will best meet the needs of their local seniors,” said the NDP leader.
“Local communities know best how these beds will change the lives for their seniors. Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie will take local decision-making out of the
hands of seniors and families and instead centralize them in an out-of-touch super bureaucracy. Families want health care focused on patients, not paperwork.”
Dexter said there is a clear difference between the NDP and the Liberals on issues like long-term care.
“The NDP has opened 1,000 long-term care beds and will open 1,100 more. The Liberals froze long-term care beds before, and now they’re refusing to commit to these needed replacements. They say they’ll review it. And we know what happens when Liberals review things. Cuts, closures and layoffs.”
The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.
Election day is Tuesday, October 8.