July 16, 2010
NEGUAC (CNB) - The sod was turned today for the construction of a new nursing home in Neguac.
Premier Shawn Graham and Minister of State for Seniors Cheryl Lavoie participated in the ceremony along with Neguac Mayor Roger Ward Jr., Yvon Belliveau, board chair, Léo Comeau, advisory committee chair, and Marcelle Fafard-Godbout, president of the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association.
The nursing home, called Le Complexe Rendez-Vous inc., will be built on 3.4 ha (8.5 acres) at 125 L. Allain St.
"This project represents a new beginning for nursing home services in this community," said Graham. "A new state-of-the-art facility is about to be built at this site, creating jobs and providing care to seniors in this region. We are proud to be adding this new nursing home to the long-term care system to better meet the needs of our aging population."
Construction of the $9-million, 30-bed nursing home is expected to begin this year with completion scheduled for the summer 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 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 but 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, better ventilation, improved quality of space and more privacy and personal space for nursing home residents.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.