We are excited to share the Honourable Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care announced this morning funding for an addition of 160 long-term care beds at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph.

The addition of 160 new beds is a much-needed increase in long-term care capacity in our community and complements the campus of care at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Thanks to this funding, we will be able to build upon the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph to serve the most vulnerable in our community.

The additional beds include the region’s first Behavioural Support Transition Unit, a much needed unit that has 32 beds dedicated to supporting individuals who experience expressive or responsive behaviours associated with dementia and other neurological conditions.

This funding will enable St. Joseph’s to expand our care delivery through innovation, technology, and resident and family-centred practices. We will be able to transform how residents, families and staff experience long-term care.

Our plan is to implement St. Joseph’s emotional model of care inspired by the human experience and best practice research. St. Joseph’s innovative Enhanced Living Model creates a culture that brings out the best in people living with dementia and the staff caring for them. For residents and their families, a home-like environment and specialized programming will create the right conditions for residents to remain active and engaged in daily activities of life.

We are looking forward to engaging our staff, residents and families in the development of these new beds and will share more details as we embark on this significant journey.