Construction about to start on new Toronto Home for the Aged|
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At a special groundbreaking ceremony today, elected officials joined with staff
and the community to celebrate the beginning of a new Toronto Home for the Aged
at 400 The West Mall, in the west end of Toronto. This new home is one of 103
homes across Ontario that are being rebuilt following the commitment of the
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to upgrade older long-term care
facilities. Construction is slated to begin later this year, and will be
completed by mid-2003.
The new four-storey home will be home to 192 residents in modern, accessible
rooms that all offer garden or street views. This new home does not increase
the current number of beds available through Toronto Homes for the Aged.
Instead, it is slated to replace existing beds at Albion Lodge, as well as some
of the beds at True Davidson Acres, which are no longer suitable for the
changing needs of the residents of today. "While we may not be adding beds
today, we are definitely improving the quality of life for the residents," said
Councillor Brad Duguid, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "We're here
to celebrate the important work Toronto is doing to make sure that each
resident in our homes for the aged has the best living environment that we can
provide. This new home will be warm and welcoming, and is being designed in a
way to maximize residents' independence.
"Our government remains committed to addressing the needs of our aging, growing
population well into the 21st century," said Ontario's Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care, Tony Clement. "We are investing an unprecedented $1.2 billion
in the construction of 20,000 new long-term care beds by 2004. By the end of
March 2002, approximately 6,000 new beds will be built."
Toronto Homes for the Aged included an extensive community consultation
component in the planning stages for this new home. Consultation included a
series of community meetings, and the ongoing involvement of a Community
Reference Group, which helped to ensure the new facility was the best fit for
the surrounding neighbourhood. "I'm pleased to see how involved the local
community has been in designing and planning this new home," said Councillor
Doug Holyday (Ward 3 - Etobicoke Centre). "The community has been enthusiastic,
and has presented many solid ideas that we have incorporated into the final
Planning for this new home began in 1999, and the groundbreaking ceremony was
an opportunity to celebrate the extensive partnership between the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the City of Toronto as funders, and
with the community, which will bring this home to life.