On Tuesday, February 1 at 11:00 AM, Premier Doug Ford was joined by the Minister of Long-Term Care, Paul Calandra to announce the opening of a new long-term care home.
Sharon Cochran, the chair of Lakeridge Health Board says that this was a collaborative partnership that has been in the making over the last 13 months. The Ontario government, along with Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario and PCL Construction partnered in order to complete the project in time.
“From shovels in the ground to substantial completion, it took only 13 months. A typical build will take upwards, of 8 years. This just shows that when we put our heads together and look outside of the box for solutions when we say yes to building Ontario, we can accomplish great things.” Ford thanks all teams involved.
The new long-term care home has 320 new beds. This is meant to address the current capacity issues that long-term care homes are currently experiencing. The facility is also part of the government’s $6.4 billion investment that was made to build 30,000 net new long-term care beds by 2028 including 28,000 improved beds across Ontario.
The facility is the first long-term care home to be completed under the accelerated build program.
Ontario Construction News explains that the provincial government’s Accelerated Build Pilot Program aims to complete the building of new long-term care homes years faster than traditional development projects. This is done through the use of “hospital-owned land, rapid procurement and modular construction.”
The facility is located along the same grounds near Ajax Pickering Hospital. It was designed to provide the ultimate treatment in an environment that is modernized and safe. With the additional beds, along with the latest standards including lounge areas, private and semi-private bedrooms, terraces, dining rooms and improvements to HVAC such as 100 percent fresh air supply, the home strives to ensure the best care and comfort is made available for those in the home.