QUEEN’S PARK – Today in the Legislature Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller spoke in support of the proposal to expand Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville.
Mr. Norm Miller: Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise today to support the application by Huntsville’s Fairvern Nursing Home for 20 additional beds.
Fairvern currently has 76 beds and a waiting list of 143. Across the province there are more than 32,000 Ontarians waiting for long-term care beds.
Seniors waiting for spaces in Long-Term Care put pressure on our entire health care system. Many are forced to stay in alternative level of care beds in hospital while they wait for long-term care or for home care. We all know that hospital overcrowding is an issue province wide.
Recently at West Parry Sound Health Centre 21 of the 70 acute care beds were occupied by patients waiting for long-term care or home care. The story is similar at other hospitals in the area.
At 76 beds, Fairvern is a smaller nursing home and has applied for this additional capacity in order to ensure its financially sustainability. Without this expansion, there is concern that Fairvern may be forced to close.
The community is behind this expansion. Both the Town of Huntsville and the District of Muskoka have committed to invest in the redevelopment. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is holding a public meeting next Tuesday, December 12 at Huntsville Public Library. Unfortunately I am unable to be there as I will be here in the Legislature.
I reiterate my support for Fairvern’s proposal, I encourage the Minister to approve this expansion and encourage residents of Huntsville to attend the public meeting to communicate the need for more long-term care beds in the area.