A letter to the Ontario Long-Term Care Licensing Public Consultation Registry regarding the Champlain Residence
To: Administrator under the Long Term Care Homes Act 2007, Ministry of Long Term Care
The purpose of this letter is to let you know that I disagree with the move to Orléans of Résidence Champlain LTC, currently located in L’Orignal.
Here are my reasons.
1- According to the demographic projections of the Min. of Ontario Finance, the population of PR (Prescott-Russell) aged 65 and over will increase by 80% by 2046.
2- Only 2 LTCHs in PR have so far agreed to go ahead and add/build new beds. (Centre d’Accueil Roger Seguin and Résidence Prescott-Russell for a total of 100 new beds)
3- Seven LTCFs are based in PR, and all but one are currently Class C. This means that after 2025, about four homes may not be able to offer their services. Moving a 60-bed LTCH to Orléans would mathematically only add 40 beds to serve the aging population of Prescott-Russell. This is not in the public interest of the citizens of PR.
4- There are lots of empty lots in the L’Orignal area to build a new LTCH.
5- According to the new “Long Term Care Act”, the minister will determine whether or not there should be a long term care home in an area and how many long term care home beds there should be have in an area, taking into account what is in the public interest, after considering: existing long-term care home bed capacity, other facilities or services that are available, and continued demand current and foreseeable number of beds in long-term care homes.
Reading the Minister’s duty above, I would like to say that the actual LTC bed capacity in PR is insufficient, existing facilities currently may not be after 2025, and population projections show continued demand and forte of LTC beds.
In conclusion, adding more than 30,000 new LTC beds in Ontario to the 78,000 already existing was essential and in the common interest. This is an increase of approximately 38% in the number of LTC beds. I think the people of the United Counties of PR deserve a 38% increase in available LTC beds.