Dundas Manor strikes eager, optimistic tone despite being passed over for long-term care beds

Courtesy photo shows Dundas Manor.

“We are ready!”

WINCHESTER — No pressure on local MPP Jim McDonell and the still-fresh Doug Ford government — but the Dundas Manor Board of Directors wants everyone to know just how ready they are to proceed with a planned multi-million-dollar expansion and redevelopment of the Winchester-based nursing home, despite being passed over by the province.

“We welcomed the recent provincial government announcements regarding new long-term beds in Ontario but were disappointed to not be included in this first round of new beds,” explains Bill Smirle, Board Chair. “So, we continue to work with Ministry officials to share one important message — we are ready!”

The board’s Nov. 8 press release strikes the same expectant tone with the title, “We are Ready!” But the project can’t proceed without the province’s permission and money.

“We hope to hear good news from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care very soon — so we can all celebrate together,” notes Smirle.

For more than four years, the Dundas Manor Board of Directors has been working with residents, families, staff members and our local community to plan for the new Dundas Manor. It will transform the look and feel of the residence to create a more home-like environment, while adding capacity for 30 more residents.

Preliminary designs for Winchester’s new long-term care home are complete, with input from residents and families. The new home will improve quality of life with more accessible space and larger windows. Outdated four-bed rooms will change to two. And the new home will also address the need for greater individualized and resident-directed care.

“Our goal is to create a modern, comfortable and restorative place for residents to live,” explains Administrator Susan Poirier. “Long-term care homes are truly people’s homes. We are excited to be planning a new home while still retaining the cozy, country feel that Dundas Manor is known for. Our residents deserve nothing less.”

“We want to thank our local communities and community partners for their support of our new home,” sums up Smirle.

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