Some seniors in Charlottetown will remain stuck in hospital as construction of new nursing home beds is running two months late.
About 20 seniors in the city are in hospital beds despite being medically discharged, because there are no nursing beds for them to move into. It has been a chronic problem, with most waiting about three months for a bed.
"By adding these new beds into the system, that will alleviate a lot of the wait times or possibly, eliminate them altogether," said Lindsay Dickieson, administrator for The Mount, one of two new facilities currently under construction.
The Mount will have independent living and community care facilities as well. Other nursing home beds are being added at Atlantic Baptist Home as well.
Health Minister Doug Currie is 45 new beds will be opened by early July. Some beds at The Mount could open as early as mid-June.
Across P.E.I. there are 140 people on a list for nursing home care.