Long-term care funding in N.S. will improve infection control, says industry

N.S. government has announced 27 projects that will create or improve more than 2,800 long-term care beds

Kendra Baldwin, CEO of Maple Hill Manor in New Waterford, N.S., says provincial funding will enable residents to have their own rooms and eliminate the need to share washrooms. (Tom Ayers/CBC)

 

Those in Nova Scotia’s long-term care industry say new funding for facility renovations and construction is long overdue and will help reduce the spread of infections in the institutions.This week, the province said it would borrow up to $1.8 billion to build or renovate 24 of 27 long-term care homes. The remaining three projects have funding already in place. Many of the improvements will mean residents no longer have to share a room with someone else, or share a washroom with up to three other residents.”If COVID taught us anything, it taught us that that’s not acceptable,” said Kendra Baldwin, CEO of Maple Hill Manor in New Waterford. “Our residents deserve better standards of living.”The 63-bed Maple Hill Manor is one of the facilities approved for new construction.It will be expanded to 64 beds, but the biggest change will be the elimination of semi-private rooms and shared washrooms, Baldwin said. Read more!