After news last week about new funding to increase direct care to three hours each day per resident in LTC in Grey abd Counties, news came through of funding for Dufferin County homes.
Total funding in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon to take care will be about $1.4 million. Province-wide the funding will be $270 million, which will increase the care from PSWs and nurses by 15 minutes per day, on average, from two hours and 45 minutes to the three-hour mark.
It’s a step on the way to the province’s target of four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. The money is needed to increase staffing in order to deliver that care.
The government is to bring forward legislation to “enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law,” said the press release from the office of Sylvia Jones, Dufferin-Caledon MPP.
These funds will increase care for residents at Dufferin Oaks Long Term Care Home, in Shelburne by up to about $570,000 for additional staffing this year to increase direct care. By the year 2024-2025, the increase over present funding will be about $3.5 million annually.
The Shelburne Long Term Care Home, in Shelburne, will receive up to $210,166 for the added staff and by 2024-2025, will receive about $1.3 million more than it does currently.
The Avalon Care Centre, in Orangeville and the Vera M. Davis Community Care Centre, in Bolton, will receive similar increases.
“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said MPP Sylvia Jones. “
More funding is also on the way to increase care hours by other health care providers like physiotherapists and social workers by 10 percent this year.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald