Construction is underway at Southbridge Goderich, a new long-term care home in Huron County.
“Congratulations to Southbridge Goderich on their ground-breaking for a new home,” said Paul Calandra, minister of long-term care. “Four new long-term care homes are in the planning stages for Huron County – and today marks a significant milestone as construction begins on the first home. When Southbridge Goderich is completed, 160 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”
The new long-term care home is expected to open in early 2025 with 69 new and 91 upgraded beds. The building will have specific design improvements including home-like areas – with bedrooms, lounges, dining and activity areas – no ward rooms, larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home.
In addition to projects like Southbridge Goderich in Goderich, Ontario is supporting three other projects in Huron County, including the development of long-term care homes in Exeter and the Township of Morris-Turnberry. Together, projects will create 181 new and 363 upgraded long-term care beds built to modern design standards.
The Ontario government is on track to build 30,000 much-needed new long-term care beds in the province by 2028, and is redeveloping older beds to modern design standards through a $6.4 billion funding plan.
“The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority. We thank Minister Calandra and the Ministry of Long-Term Care for the opportunity to enhance and prioritize long-term care in Ontario with this new project,” said Ryan Bell, CEO, Southbridge Care Home. “We are excited to be breaking ground on Southbridge Goderich, our fifth new long-term care home, where residents will experience a modern, safe and community-minded approach to living.”