Feb. 18, 2010
MILL COVE (CNB) - A $22.5-million nursing home will be built to replace Mill Cove Nursing Home Inc. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny made the announcement today.
"A new, state-of-the art nursing home for the residents and staff at Mill Cove will add four beds to the facility while also transforming long-term care services in this region," Kenny said. "As part of our strategy, Be Independent Longer, we are making major investments to improve long-term care facilities for seniors and to better meet the needs of our aging population."
Construction of the 75-bed nursing home will begin in the spring of 2011 with completion scheduled for the summer of 2012. The project will create an estimated 200 construction jobs.
"A new nursing home at Mill Cove is a wonderful announcement for the community, the staff and the residents," said Eldon Hunter, board chair, Mill Cove Nursing Home. "Mill Cove Nursing Home has provided comfort and care in a family environment for our residents for 40 years. The new home allows this tradition to continue. The job security to the more than 100 staff and the opportunity for future employment means Mill Cove Nursing Home will continue to have a major impact on the lives of the people in the Grand Lake area."
Under the provincial government's capital renewal and replacement plan, 11 nursing homes are being replaced with new facilities, and two other new nursing homes will be built, in Neguac and Dieppe. Five nursing homes will undergo major additions; 31 will be renovated; and six will undergo minor repairs.
The total investment in nursing home infrastructure in New Brunswick will reach $400 million over the next five years. All new facilities are expected to be completed by 2016-17. A total of 297 new beds will be created across the province.
These new nursing home beds will be in addition to the 403 beds already being added to the long-term care system, including the 216 beds opening in 2010 through a public-private-partnership.
Projects will be funded through bank loans to individual homes as authorized by the Department of Social Development. Cost recovery for new and upgraded facilities will be calculated into the provincial funding provided for nursing home services each year. The province does not own nursing homes. It funds 85 per cent of nursing home operations in New Brunswick, totalling more than $220 million annually.
The infrastructure improvements will provide more spacious facilities, new equipment and better ventilation, improved quality of space and more privacy and personal space for nursing home residents.
All new nursing home projects will follow one design and construction model. Nursing homes operated by non-profit organizations will work with the provincial government in following the standardized model for each new facility. This consistent approach will allow for substantial savings in time, design and building costs. About 3,600 construction jobs will be created across the province over several years.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Health Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.