MONCTON (GNB) – Sixty new memory care beds have been allocated in the Moncton region.

“These new care beds will ensure Moncton-area seniors who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are receiving the level of care they require and deserve,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “We are committed to doing everything we can to improve the aging experience for New Brunswickers.”

Grass Home Ltd. of Riverview was awarded the contract for 36 memory care beds and Serenity Senior Living Inc. of Moncton is adding 24 beds.

There is a high demand for these types of beds in the area and the provincial government wants to have them available as soon as possible.

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 human service 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.