July 15, 2010
STANLEY (CNB) - The sod was turned today for the construction of a new Nashwaak Villa nursing home in Stanley.
Minister of State for Seniors Cheryl Lavoie participated in the ceremony along with Darryl Hawkins, chair of the board for Nashwaak Villa, Bonnie MacNeil, nursing home administrator, and Brian Harris, vice-president of the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association.
"This is an exciting day for the residents and staff at Nashwaak Villa and for the community as a whole," Lavoie said. "A new state-of-the-art facility is about to be built at this site, creating jobs and transforming nursing home services in this region. 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 better meet the needs of our aging population."
The $9-million home will be built on 4.4 ha (11 acres) at 67 Limekiln Rd. Construction of the 30-bed facility is expected to begin this year with completion scheduled for the spring of 2012. The project will create about 80 construction jobs.
Under the provincial 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 during 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 provincial government does not own nursing homes but funds 85 per cent of nursing home operations, totalling more than $220 million annually.
The infrastructure improvements will provide more spacious facilities, new equipment, better ventilation, improved quality of space and more privacy and personal space for nursing home residents.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.