Saint John nursing homes to receive $8.1 million for renovations15 August 2018
SAINT JOHN (GNB) – Three nursing homes in Saint John will receive a combined total of $8.1 million for renovations over five years.
“Investing in nursing homes is a top priority of this government,” said Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty. “It is important that we ensure seniors continue to get the best possible care in our nursing homes now and in the future.”
Doherty attended for Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris.
The three homes that will receive funding are:
· Carleton-Kirk Complex, which has 70 beds, will receive $3.3 million;
· Church of St. John and St. Stephen Home, which has 80 beds, will receive $2.9 million; and
· Kennebec Manor, which has 70 beds, will receive $1.9 million.
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 at 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 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.