Dec. 14, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - The Foyer Notre-Dame de Lourdes in Bathurst will undergo a $9-million expansion, adding 30 beds to the nursing home. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny made the announcement today.
"The addition of these new beds will expand and modernize Foyer Notre-Dame de Lourdes, while helping to reduce the waiting list for nursing home beds in the Bathurst region," Kenny said. "As part of our strategy, Be Independent. Longer, we are making major investments in nursing home infrastructure to improve long-term-care facilities for seniors and to help alleviate pressure on the health-care system."
Construction of the addition will begin in the spring of 2010, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2011. The project will create an estimated 80 construction jobs. The nursing home will have a total of 130 beds when the work is completed.
Under the government's capital renewal and replacement plan, 11 nursing homes are being replaced with new facilities, and two 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 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.
More information on the nursing homes to be built, replaced, expanded, renovated and repaired is available online.
Any projects already under construction or previously approved will proceed as usual.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior Services, 506-444-3522.