(The groundbreaking ceremony for the announcement of the new Extendicare Stittsville long-term care home took place on October 29, 2021. Those included in the ceremony were: (lr) Dr. Michael Guerriere, CEO of Extendicare; Glen Gower, Councilor for Ward 6 Stittsville; Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson; Hon. Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care; Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton; Ann Cioppa, resident of Extendicare West End Villa; Clayton Donnelly, Administrator of Extendicare West End Villa; and Jeremy Roberts , MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. All photos: Stittsville Central)
On October 29, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new state-of-the-art Extendicare long-term care home took place in Stittsville. Scheduled for expected completion in December 2023, the $ 76.3 million house, located at 2150 Wellings Private, will open in the spring of 2024. Residents of the Extendicare West End Villa will move into the new home as the villa is demolished. This is the first of five Ottawa Extendicare long-term homes to be replaced over a seven-year period.
CEO of Extendicare, Dr. Michael Guerriere told the audience, “West End Villa, Starwood Medex, New Orchard Lodge and Laurier Manor are planned for demolition and will be replaced with new rooms and some with new locations”. Extendicare currently operates approximately 700 beds in Ottawa. The for-profit chain will operate over 1,000 beds in Ottawa after the renovations.
“Extendicare has been operating in the Ottawa area for 50 years. The very first Extendicare long-term care home in Canada opened in Ottawa in 1969 – with this project we are building for the next 50“, added Dr. Michael Guerriere.
The new Stittsville home will provide 256 new and upgraded beds with many design enhancements, such as semi-private and private rooms – ward rooms are excluded, larger living areas, central air conditioning and additional features such as HVAC systems for infection prevention and control. Each resident will have 608 square feet to live in. Stittsville Extendicare will include:
- “Neighborhood” with eight independent residential areas with 32 residents with dedicated dining rooms, more activity rooms and living areas;
- A country kitchen and cafe, physiotherapy room, chapel, beauty salon and hairdresser and resident access to a secure outdoor patio for family connections;
- Substantial parking available for families and friends;
- Clinical services include restorative care, palliative care and extra space for families who support residents through end-of-life care
Minister for Long-Term Care, Rod Phillips, stated at the groundbreaking, “It is a privilege to be here to break ground on 256 modern long-term beds here in Stittsville. This is part of a broader package of reforms put forward on behalf of our government to address long-term care. After decades of neglect and underfunding, our government is in the process of reorganizing Ontario’s long-term care sector and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for our seniors. ”
The Minister added, “What we said in the legislation I introduced (October 28) is this we expect the long-term care home’s mission to be quality of care and quality of life. How it is structured, we are very open to what kind of partners want to come forward. We want to work with the best operators. ”
“The groundbreaking today is just the starting point for building modern, quality housing for the senior population. This new facility will to the great benefit of Stittsville and the surrounding communities. My trip to Carleton has an aging population that is growing rapidly, and it is encouraging to see our government investing in building homes like this and updating existing homes so that our loved ones have a safe and comfortable place to call home ”. shared Goldie Ghamari, Carleton MPP.
Ann Cioppa has been a resident of the West End Villa since 2017 and gave a heartfelt speech about the new Extendicare Stittsville home and what it will mean for the residents. Her main concern for the new home was to make sure it is wheelchair accessible, especially the kitchen area, and is so happy that the country kitchen will be accessible to everyone. The current rooms at the West End are very small, especially when shared. The new home will give each resident 600 feet in their own room.
“I have to say this to all of you, you can not imagine how much we appreciate what you do. We are not able to contribute money or physical maintenance – thank goodness for household! The new building will be absolutely amazing for us. We’re going to miss the old building, and I’m going to miss the garden, but want to work in the garden at Stittsville. Thank you all – we really appreciate the staff – my staff is out of this world. I’m not saying goodbye or au revoir, but until we meet again. ” Ann Cioppa told the audience.
The government has a plan to address long-term care and to ensure that Ontario seniors receive the quality of care they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is based on three pillars: staff and care; accountability, enforcement and transparency; and build modern, safe and comfortable housing for seniors.
As part of this plan, the province is also providing up to $ 270 million this year for long-term care homes to increase staffing levels with 4,050 new long-term care staff throughout the province., leading to more direct care for residents. This is part of the province’s $ 4.9 billion commitment to hire more than 27,000 long-term care workers over four years and ensure that residents receive, on average, four hours of direct care a day by 2024-25.
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