Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction is underway at the new Stayner Care Centre, a long-term care home in Simcoe County.
“Congratulations to Stayner Care Centre on their ground-breaking for a new home,” said Paul Calandra, minister of long-term care. “Today marks a significant milestone for Stayner Care Centre and will bring 79 new beds to the county.”
Two new long-term care development projects have been completed in Simcoe County since spring 2021.
The redeveloped home is expected to be completed in summer 2025 with 79 new and 49 upgraded beds in a new building that incorporates specific design improvements such as private and basic rooms, no ward rooms, larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home.
“The significant expansion of the Stayner Care Centre with the addition of 79 new long-term care beds is great news for Simcoe—Grey,” said Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe—Grey. “This is one of thirteen projects that will add over 1,000 new long-term care beds in Simcoe County and is part of our government’s investments to build modern, state-of-the-art long-term care homes to better serve seniors across the province.”
Stayner Care Centre Inc. has proposed to offer specialized health care and be part of a campus of care and the upgraded home will help Ontario address the growing demand for long-term care, which has increased wait times for beds and contributed to hallway health care.
Once built, the home intends to offer culturally appropriate services to Francophone and Indigenous communities.
The developer also plans to provide housing options for older adults, such as seniors apartments. This approach helps ensure residents have the freedom to choose the lifestyle and home supports which are most suitable for their current and future needs.
As of November 2022, more than 39,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 126 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.