Increased wait times ahead for long-term care patients in northeastern Ontario
With closure of Trout Creek nursing home, 66 more long-term-care patients added to wait list
With the Lady Isabelle Nursing Home in Trout Creek having their license revoked by the province, the 66 long-term patients currently at the facility will be searching for new homes.
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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said these patients will be given "high priority" in their search.
But not every home in the area has the capacity to accept new residents. The province has also ordered the Cedarwood Lodge in Sault Ste. Marie not to accept any more patients due to staffing issues.
The other 1,800 people on the waiting list for the 5,052 beds across northeastern Ontario will be essentially bumped to accommodate those from Lady Isabelle.
Getting more beds a 'no-brainer'
"I think it's a no-brainer, we need more beds," said Candace Chartier, chief executive officer for Ontario Long Term Care Association.
"If we can't add more beds, we're going to end up with people living in their homes," Chartier said. "Needing more than what home care can deliver."
Adding to the overcrowding, Chartier said that forty per cent of the homes in Ontario need to be redeveloped.
"That means they're over 30 years of age," Chartier said. "The province has a program in place, which is really encouraging, but it's all a matter of time."
In the meantime, the 66 patients from Lady Isabelle will still be given care at the facility.
Extra burden on hospitals, says MPP
But Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas is concerned about the ripple effect of pushing 66 more people onto an already burdened wait list.
"Our net of last resort, the net that catches us all when a part of our system fails is our hospital," Gélinas said.
"So those people will end up being and staying in our hospital causing all of the other problems that our hospitals are facing ... Overcrowding and the long delays and the canceled surgeries."