Long Term Care Expansion: Marianhill Planning Underway

Some good news about long term care in Renfrew County, at a time of long waiting lists.

Marianhill in Pembroke is moving forward with plans for a multi-million dollar expansion, thanks to a commitment from the provincial government.

The expansion, over the next three years, will make way for 29 new long term care beds.

The news was marked with a visit by Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski on Wednesday.

Marianhill CEO Linda Tracey says they're getting right to work on the plans.

“So the real work begins now, trying to get some plans done and what the addition will look like and what the renovations will look like and what those costs will be, and then doing the appropriate proposals”, Tracey told Star 96.7 News.

Tracey says it’s taken two years of working with the Ontario government for the commitment to this expansion.

Yakabuski says the government is stepping up to meet the demands of an aging population.

"We cannot deny it’s necessary and we can’t avoid dealing with those issues because we have an aging population and the demand for long term care beds is something that’s going to increase, so we have to be prepared to meet that", Yakabuski said.

Right now there are 2,100 people on the wait list for long term care in Renfrew County.

The expansion project is expected to be finished in three years' time.