Grey County is moving towards having its long term care homes managed by a private company.
County CAO Kim Wingrove provided an update to county councillors at Thursday's meeting (July 26) on progress for a new management contract with Sienna Senior Living for Grey Gables, Rockwood Terrace and Lee Manor, after council directed staff at its July 12th meeting to execute an amended agreement with Sienna for all three long term care homes to achieve accreditation, realize efficiencies and service quality improvements.
The updated contract will be brought forward at county council's next meeting on August 9.
Wingrove says the process in finalizing a contract will likely be delayed "several weeks or months" as it requires provincial approval, which won't come quickly as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care goes through change of direction under the new Progressive Conservative government.
"We can still move forward," Wingrove says. "We already have an existing agreement with Sienna to provide support. They're going to lead us through an accreditation process for the long term care homes. They have other homes they also want to get accredited, and we'd really like to be part of a bigger process."
Wingrove says it's important Grey County demonstrate to residents and families that its providing the best quality of care through achieving accreditation.
"It's something the province and LHIN recognize as important," she says. "In fact, homes that are accredited actually get some additional revenue from the province in recognition of that higher standard of care."
Wingrove says having a single long term care management agreement with Sienna will also provide cost savings, but isn't able to pinpoint how much.
"It will be a year or two before we start to see those savings," the Grey County CAO says.
Wingrove stresses Grey County is still the health system provider for the long term care homes, and all the workers will remain county employees.