Ontario Breaks Ground on Long-Term Care Home in Oxford County

Taslima Jamal

peopleCare Tavistock bringing 128 much-needed long-term care beds to the province

Construction is underway at peopleCare Tavistock in Oxford County. This is part of the Ontario government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

“Congratulations to peopleCare Tavistock on their ground-breaking for a brand-new home. Our government is fixing long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s construction start is a significant milestone for Oxford County. When building is completed, 128 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”

The new building for peopleCare Tavistock will provide 28 new and 100 upgraded beds, and is expected to welcome its first residents in late 2024. Once built, peopleCare Tavistock has proposed to offer specialized dementia care services and be part of a campus of care so that residents can connect to the care they need close to home. The new building will also feature design improvements, including larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home. The design is centred around ‘resident home areas’ to create more intimate and familiar living spaces for up to 32 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms. The home will offer services to Francophone and Indigenous residents.

This upgraded home will help Ontario address the growing demand for long-term care, which has increased wait times for beds and contributed to hallway health care.

In addition to peopleCare Tavistock. Ontario is supporting another three projects in Oxford County, including the development of long-term care homes in Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Ingersoll. Together, these four projects will provide 374 new and 238 upgraded long-term care beds, for a total of 612 beds built to modern design standards.

The government is fixing long-term care to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve, both now and in the future. The plan is built on four pillars: staffing and care; quality and enforcement; building modern, safe and comfortable homes; and connecting seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need.

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