DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
SCUGOG/KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario provincial government is supporting expansion projects at long-term care homes in Port Perry and Lindsay.
On Thursday, March 18th, Durham MPP Lindsey Park announced an investment in Port Perry Place.
“Port Perry Place has been allocated 96 new spaces and 75 upgraded spaces. Along with 53 beds previously announced, these new spaces result in a net new 224-bed home in Port Perry. This is part of today’s announcement of 80 new long-term care projects across the province, and the government’s plan to deliver 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years,” read a press release from MPP Park.
The provincial government is promising to provide 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces across the province.
“This announcement delivers on the promise I made to fight for more long-term care beds for seniors in Durham,” read a statement from MPP Park. “It’s not enough to announce new and upgraded spaces. We need to get them built.”
Meanwhile, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott recently announced Extendicare Lindsay is being approved for 96 new spaces and 64 upgraded spaces. This would turn it into a 160-bed home.
“This is exciting news for Kawartha Lakes. Not only will this expansion help address hallway healthcare, it will also assist the growing number of people needing long-term care over the next decade,” MPP Scott said, in a statement. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”