Land has been secured and planning is underway for the design and construction of new public manors in Montague and Tyne Valley.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan said the new 49-bed Riverview Manor will be built on Fraser Street on the site of the former Montague Regional High School at a cost of $12.5 million.
The 24-bed Tyne Valley Manor will be constructed on the south side of the Bideford Road with an investment of $6.8 million.
“Now that the land has been secured, we can move forward with these important projects. Functional planning will begin this month, design planning will get underway in May, and construction will begin in early 2016,” said Premier MacLauchlan.
“Government recognizes that public manors are highly valued institutions in Island communities and the new facilities will provide residents with the best possible care in a home-like environment.”
The building sites were recommended by site selection committees which included representatives from the respective communities.
The Fraser Street property in Montague is owned by the provincial government, is centrally located and can operate on existing municipal water and sewer systems.
The site of the 24-bed Tyne Valley manor on the Bideford Road (Route 166) is close to the village of Tyne Valley and access to the central sewer system.
The new manors are part of the provincial government’s $63 million dollar manor replacement initiative. Through this program, new manors were opened in Souris and Alberton in 2011, and in Summerside and Charlottetown in 2013.
The manors are built using a person-centred design model where residents live in households that include a kitchen, dining room, and a living room with fireplace, as well as spacious private rooms and bathrooms for each resident. The smaller household design provides a more home-like atmosphere and an enhanced staffing model which focuses on person-centered care.
Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie said government has provided funding for an additional 150 long term care beds since 2007, and long term care spending by the province rose from $57 million to $80 million, an increase of 40 percent.
“The care and comfort of Island seniors will continue to be a priority of this government,” said the minister. “The modern and spacious new facilities we are announcing today for Montague and Tyne Valley are part of our continued commitment to make high quality care available in communities throughout the province.”
The number of long term care beds in Prince Edward Island rose from 996 beds in 2006 to 1,146 beds in 2014. Of these beds, 596 are located in public manors and 550 beds are in private nursing homes.
The provincial government spends on average, $168 per day per resident to support residents in long term care.
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