Health and Community Services
October 29, 2018

Progress Continuing on Initiatives Designed to Advance Seniors Care

Through its Home First approach, the Provincial Government is continuing to work on a number of initiatives in light of the province’s changing demographics that are designed to advance seniors care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Some of these initiatives include:

  • Ongoing implementation of the provincial Home Support Program review;
  • Creation of Home First Integrated Networks in all regional health authorities;
  • Needs assessments to inform the development of residential hospice care services and the demand for personal care home beds;
  • Work on a new provincial Home Dementia Program;
  • Ongoing work in both the personal care home and long-term care sectors; and,
  • A new and improved financial assessment process announced earlier this month.

Investments have also been made in new and improved nursing home infrastructure to meet the needs of the aging population including:

  • The opening of 28 long-term care beds in Carbonear;
  • New long-term care homes to be built in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor;
  • An expanded protective care unit to be built in Botwood; and,
  • A new long-term care home in Corner Brook to be opened in 2020.

The Provincial Government is committed to working with its partners and members of the community towards a common goal of supporting seniors and their families. Changes are being made to respond to the voices and concerns of those advocating for change and to ensure the best programs and services are available for the people who need them.

This work delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“I want to take the opportunity to highlight the significant work happening in my department to support seniors living in Newfoundland and Labrador. The primary focus is to ensure our older population remains healthy, active, and engaged - living in their own homes, in their own communities, healthy for as long as possible.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Debbie Marnell
Health and Community Services
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2018 10 29                              11:20 a.m.