LONG SAULT — Dignitaries turned out recently for the groundbreaking of Woodland Villa’s major redevelopment.
The nursing home will nearly double in size — growing by 32,800 square feet — while adding 17 more beds to the current complement of 111, as part of the multi-million-dollar project that’s supposed to be completed by 2022.
Ontario’s Ministry of Long-Term Care is funding the improvement.
“The Ontario government is following through with its commitment to build 15,000 new long-term beds and redevelop 15,000 existing beds over five years,” local MPP Jim McDonell said. “I am happy to see that a deserving community like South Stormont is getting the needed support to ensure the township can offer high-quality care to residents close to home.”
“Our riding prides itself as a seniors-friendly place, where these facilities will offer state-of-the-art care,” he said.
Rebuilding and renovating homes will provide more comfortable, home-like rooms and amenities, enhance care and provide greater dignity for residents and families, according to the provincial government.
Newer homes will also offer wider hallways, smaller resident home areas, more storage and quieter, more home-like dining and lounge spaces. Privacy for residents will be improved by eliminating three- and four-bed wards.
“We are very excited to be moving forward with expanding OMNI Health Care – Woodland Villa,” said Woodland Villa administrator Janna Sabourin. “Many residents and staff have been at Woodland Villa for a number of years and we are looking forward to being a part of the expansion process and even more thrilled to see the final product.”
The construction start for Woodland Villa comes as three similarly approved projects are waiting in the wings within McDonell’s Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry riding: Parisien Manor in Cornwall is building a new facility to add 95 beds, scheduled to finish in 2022; Heartwood in Cornwall is adding 10 beds and upgrading 118 spaces; and Dundas Manor in Winchester is set to increase by 30 beds while redeveloping the existing 98 beds.
Dundas Manor is one of those places characterized by the old standard in which three or four patients share a room.
The four projects in McDonell’s district have been allocated a combined $25.7-million by the province — S-D-SG’s share of $761-million recently announced to build and renovate 74 long-term care homes across Ontario, adding 544 new patient spaces. Dundas Manor’s planned revamp, announced in March, is estimated at $32-million alone.
“Our government has been taking historic steps to improve the quality of life for our loved ones by adding capacity and upgrading Ontario’s long-term care homes,” said Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said Nov. 12. “We introduced the modernized funding model to build and renovate these homes faster, and we’re already seeing results, with thousands of new, safe, and comfortable spaces in progress.”