A large redevelopment project at Simcoe Manor and Village in Beeton – located about 45 minutes northwest of Toronto – will turn the complex into a leading long-term care and seniors’ services campus.
The project increases long-term care beds, supportive seniors housing units and programs, an expanded continuum of care and living options, and a wide range of community services for older adults in one location.
It will be modelled on the provincially recognized Georgian Village campus in Penetanguishene opened in 2013, allowing residents to age in place and receive services and support they need as their care requirements change.
The campus plans, covering 438,558 sq. ft., will include a range of amenities, potentially including: health/medical services, pharmacy, dental, restaurant/dining/cafe, retail, salon, exercise area, and outdoor recreation options, among other services and programs for residents and older adults living independently in the community. There is also opportunity to work with local sector partners on use of space and training options
Total cost of the redevelopment project is expected to be $177 million over three to four years. The preliminary timeline is to receive occupancy in late 2023 to early 2024.
In April 2020, the county agreed to purchase a 20.6-acre property adjacent to the existing Simcoe Manor and Village facility for future redevelopment and expansion. Its design will consider safety and preventative measures related to infection control and any new provincial regulations/directives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 “has reinforced the significant needs in long-term care and seniors services across Ontario and Canada, and the redevelopment of Simcoe Manor is one important solution the county is pursuing with the province to meet these urgent needs and requirements,” officials said in a press release.
“As the proportion of seniors in our local municipalities continues to increase at a higher than average rate across Ontario, we are invested in finding long term, sustainable strategies that fit the needs of our residents,” said Jane Sinclair, general manager, health and emergency services.
“Adult lifestyle communities demonstrate an innovative option that allows tailored care that adapts to our residents as they age. Our redevelopment of Georgian Village in 2013 is a tremendous example of this successful concept, and we are eager to repeat our success at Simcoe Manor so more seniors can benefit and receive the care they need, when they need it the most.”
Simcoe County owns and operates long-term care homes in Beeton, Collingwood, Orillia and Penetanguishene. Simcoe Manor and Village has existed in Beeton since 1898 and has had multiple renovations. Currently, the Manor consists of 126 long term care beds and 32 self-contained supportive living apartment units as part of Simcoe Village. The redevelopment plans will expand the site to a 160-bed long term care home and more than 170 seniors housing units/homes (140+ new) with additional adult day program space for seniors with varying levels of care and support needs.
The county will continue working with the province and submit requests for capital funding and additional money for long term care and seniors services bed/unit allocations over the coming months to support this important redevelopment project.
Simcoe Manor’s redevelopment will replicate the award-winning Georgian Village campus model, which received the AMO – PJ Marshall Innovation Award (2014) and OANHSS – Innovation and Excellence Award (2017)
It will include a 160-bed long term care home, (additional 34 new beds), and more then 170 seniors housing units/homes (140+ new) for seniors with varying levels of care and support needs. Housing unit types include life lease suites, market rental apartments, retirement living, life lease garden homes, rental townhomes, affordable housing for seniors, supportive housing, and co-housing rentals.