Social Development / Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat

$9-million nursing home to be built in Stanley (10/01/14)

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Jan. 14, 2010

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STANLEY (CNB) - A $9-million, 30-bed nursing home will be built in Stanley to replace Nashwaak Villa Inc., Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny announced today.

"This community has needed a new facility for a long time," said Kenny. "As part of the strategy, Be Independent Longer, the provincial government is making major investments in nursing homes to improve long-term-care facilities for seniors and to better meet the needs of our aging population."

Construction will begin this spring and is scheduled to be completed for the fall of 2011. The project will create an estimated 80 construction jobs.

"Once the new Nashwaak Villa becomes operational, our residents will have a home that is a state-of-the-art facility," said Carol Wilson, board chair for Nashwaak Villa Inc. "The opportunities for employment that the construction of our new home will bring to our village are an incredible bonus. This announcement is absolutely fantastic news for our residents, staff and the Village of Stanley."

Under the provincial government's capital renewal and replacement plan, 11 nursing homes are being replaced with new facilities, and two other 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 will reach $400 million during the next five years. All new facilities are expected to be completed by 2016-17, creating a total of 297 new beds.

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 but funds 85 per cent of their operations, 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 to follow the standardized model for each new facility. This consistent approach will result in substantial savings in time, design and building costs. About 3,600 construction jobs will be created across the province over several years.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.

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