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Council Considers Chanes to Long Term Care Services

Web posted on March 17, 2014

Guelph, ON, March 13, 2014 During its meeting on March 19, Guelph's Community and Social Services Committee will learn about a strategy for The Elliott Long-Term Care Residence, a not-for-profit seniors' residence located at 170 Metcalfe Street, to meet Guelph's requirements under the Long-term Care Homes Act.

In developing the strategy, City staff reviewed and considered several facilities and service models in the area to find the best way to meet Guelph's current and future need for high quality long-term care.

"We gathered input from the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and community members of all ages, and we believe making The Elliott our municipal home is the best option for Guelph," said Barbara Powell, general manager of the City's Community Engagement department.

Currently, the City meets its legislated requirements through an agreement with the County of Wellington, and is forecasted to invest $1.25-1.3 million a year to fund 20 per cent of the operating costs of the Wellington Terrace facility located between Elora and Fergus.

"There has been community interest for many years in having local tax dollars support a long-term care facility inside our borders," said Mayor Karen Farbridge. "We appreciate the service and care provided by Wellington Terrace, and the County of Wellington's support for this change."

If the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care approves, the County will continue operating the Wellington Terrace without financial support from the City, and Guelph will be the first city in Ontario with a municipal long-term care home operated by its own local board.

"As a local board, The Elliott will report regularly to the City; the arrangement will be more transparent and accountable, and give the City a better understanding of the services provided," added Powell. "We wouldn't be changing the number of beds in Guelph, or how to access them, but we could reduce Guelph's long-term care costs by up to $50,000 a year."

"The Elliott and the City have a long history together, and we have a strong working relationship," said Trevor Lee, Chief Executive Officer of The Elliott Community. "This arrangement would change some of the paperwork involved, but would be seamless for residents and their families."

If recommended by the Community and Social Services Committee, the strategy would be presented to Guelph City Council for review on Monday, March 31.

About the Elliott Community
The Elliott Community is a not-for-profit, registered charitable corporation that provides mature living arrangements with four levels of care: 78 independent life-lease suites, 134 assisted living retirement suites, 85 long-term care beds and 8 interim convalescence and respite care beds. Learn more at elliottcommunity.org.


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