Dementia and specialized care coming to Brampton long-term care homes with Provincial funding


Published March 31, 2023 at 11:03 am

Over $1 million in funding is coming to Brampton to help seniors get care for their complex medical needs at long-term care homes, not hospitals.

The Province announced on Friday (March 31) that it is giving $1,031,899 in funding to six projects at long-term care homes in Brampton.

The funding will see specialized care for complex medical needs like dementia and bariatric care brought to care centres, reducing the need for residents to visit emergency rooms or be admitted to hospital, the Province said.

There is also funding to help support the admission of hospital patients who no longer require acute care into long-term care homes.

The announcement included more than $690,000 in funding for the Peel Manor long-term care home for a new, 26-bed Behavioural Specialized Unit to support people with more complex responsive behaviours associated with conditions like dementia, as well as bariatric, diagnostic and other specialized equipment.

The Village of Sandalwood Park, Tall Pines, and Burton Manor long-term care homes also received more than $300,000 in combined funding for bariatric, diagnostic, and other specialized equipment.

Ontario also gave some $39,000 to the William Osler Health System and long-term care homes in the community for the expansion of nurse-led outreach teams “to provide more specialized nursing care in homes and build the capacity of home staff.”

Graham McGregor, MPP for Brampton North, said the funding is an example of the Province’s healthcare commitments to Brampton, including plans to upgrade the Peel Memorial Centre.

“Our government is ensuring the seniors of Brampton receive the high-quality care they deserve in an environment that suits their needs,” McGregor said in a statement.

The funding is part of $20 million going to LTCH across Ontario under the Province’s Local Priorities Fund, and Minister of Long-Term Care Paul Calandra said the changes will “conveniently connect long-term care residents in Brampton to the specialized care they need in the comfort of their long-term care home.”

Long-term care homes in Brampton and Mississauga were among the hardest hit during the pandemic and the Federal government announced support for new standards for long-term care homes earlier this month.

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