Office of the Premier
Foyer Ste-Elizabeth to receive $2.2 million in renovations07 March 2018
HAUT-MADAWASKA (GNB) – Foyer Ste-Elizabeth, a 50-bed nursing home in the Baker-Brook district of the rural community of Haut-Madawaska, will receive an investment of $2.2 million for renovations.
“New Brunswick seniors deserve the best possible quality of life,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “That is why your government is making strategic investments in our nursing homes through our multi-year nursing home plan. These investments will also help create jobs and continue to grow our economy in the region and across the province.”
Under the 2018-2023 Nursing Home Plan, which will be carried out in three phases, the provincial government will invest $108 million over the next five years for renovations to nursing homes around the province.
The plan also involves building ten 60-bed nursing homes around the province.
An additional 407 beds for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will be provided in special care homes.
The provincial budget contained a number of investments and strategies to benefit seniors and their caregivers, such as:
- $12 million to increase wages for special care workers and home support workers.
- $1.25 million for a pilot project to help free up acute-care beds.
- $2.1 million for a wage supplement program focused on seniors, to encourage companies to hire seniors.
- $800,000 to begin implementing the New Brunswick Aging Strategy.
- $11.3 million for a program to support informal caregivers.
- $2.1 million in additional funding for specialized beds for people with advanced dementia.
These initiatives are in addition to other programs for seniors, such as the Home First strategy, the Seniors Health, Well-Being and Home Safety Review, wellness clinics and the Age-Friendly Communities Recognition Program, as well as other investments in senior care, such as affordable housing and home care.
Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the seven priority areas outlined in the New Brunswick Family Plan framework, which also focuses government action on: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty and providing support for people living with a disability.