New long-term care home in Bowmanville breaks ground; opening scheduled for 2025

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Published December 2, 2022 at 3:49 pm

Glen Hill Strathaven is scheduled to close in 2025

A 225-bed long-term care home in Bowmanville got its first moment in the sun Friday when local dignitaries converged on the site for the official ground-breaking.

Glen Hill Gardens will be operated by Glen Hill Terrace Christian Homes Inc., a not-for-profit long-term care organization, pending final government approval. It will replace the ageing 224-bed Glen Hill Strathaven retirement home, which is scheduled to close in three years.

The home is expected to welcome its first residents in early 2025 and will provide 125 new and 99 upgraded beds in Bowmanville. This brand new building will have specific design improvements, including private rooms, no ward rooms, larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home.

This project will also be eligible to apply for the government’s time-limited construction funding subsidy increase, designed to help fast-track the start of construction of new and upgraded long-term care beds across the province by the end of summer 2023. The additional construction subsidy increase of up to $35 per bed, per day for 25 years will help more beds get built sooner.

“Congratulations to Glen Hill Gardens on their ground-breaking for a brand new home. Our government is fixing long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Two new long-term care homes have opened in Durham Region since spring 2021 and with the addition of Glen Hill Gardens, 224 residents will have a new place to call home in Bowmanville, near their family and friends.”

The facility is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

Durham MPP Todd McCarthy said his government is on track to meet that goal with 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds in various stages of development. “The recent increase to the construction funding subsidy will help ensure that more beds are built in Bowmanville sooner, especially in the Clarington area which is one of the fastest growing communities in the GTA.”

In addition to projects like Glen Hill Gardens in Bowmanville, Ontario is supporting another 11 projects in Durham Region, including long-term care homes in Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Newcastle, Bowmanville, Courtice, Port Perry, Cannington and Uxbridge. Together, these 12 projects will provide 1,504 new and 968 upgraded long-term care beds, for a total of 2,472 beds built to modern design standards.

“The new Glen Hill Gardens long-term care home will provide a safe, modern and comfortable home for our residents (and) today’s ground-breaking brings the vision of our Durham Christian Homes membership closer to completion,” said Ruth MacFarlane, the CEO of Durham Christian Homes Society Inc. “The redevelopment of long-term care homes across Ontario is integral to the present and future needs of our aging population.”

As of August 2022, more than 39,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 125 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.

 

 

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