During a press conference held at Maple View Long-Term Care Residence in Owen Sound, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Dr.Merrilee Fullerton announced over 190 new long-term care beds throughout Grey and Bruce and over 300 beds being updated to a modern standard.
According to Fullerton this is all part of the provinces plan to add 15,000 new beds in five years.
The hope of these new beds is to take pressure off of hospitals and allow doctors and nurses to provide better quality care.
Along with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker the Long-Term Care Minister visited various long-term care residences across Grey and Bruce.
The announcement sees 51 new beds and redeveloping 77 beds at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre.
28 new beds and 100 revamped beds for the Rockwood Terrace project in Durham.
26 new beds and 70 redeveloped beds for The Village Seniors Community New Build project in Hanover.
In Owen Sound 91 new beds and 69 moderniszed beds for the Southbridge Owen Sound project.
She states that the government is making an effort to offer proper care to rural areas saying "out here in a rural area there are unique needs, we want to address those needs but keep it resident centered."
MPP Bill Walker spoke of some of these needs that impact rural long-term care residences.
"We are stretched out with our geography, we have the transportation issues," Walker says "what I think is really great to hear is that she understands all that and has seen it first hand."
Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy was also in attendance for the announcement and is excited by benefits to the local economy these new beds present.
"They say that one bed equals about one job so adding that number of beds to Owen Sound means we're adding that many jobs," the mayor states.
Minister Fullerton states that 36,000 Ontarians are currently waiting to get into long-term care homes.