Ontario announces new 128-bed long-term care facility for the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home

January 27, 2022

The Ontario government announced today they are adding 48 new and 80 upgraded long-term care beds to a new building for the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home’s long-term care home in Simcoe. This is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When this home is completed, it will be a place for 128 seniors in Norfolk County to call home, near their family and friends.”

A brand-new building for the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home will have a total of 128 long-term care beds. The home will be connected to the Norfolk General Hospital and has proposed to offer specialized services to ensure residents have access to the care they need. Construction is expected to start by Summer 2023.

“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve high-quality care and modern facilities that ensure they receive the dignity they deserve,” said Kim Mullins, Interim President and CEO of Norfolk General Hospital and the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home. “A redeveloped nursing home would replace our outdated facility with a 128-bed nursing home that would meet modern design standards and the needs of our community in terms of residential care, improved residential experience, specialty care, and cultural considerations. The majority of admissions to the NHNH come directly from the in-patient unit at NGH, which has a positive impact on patient flow in the hospital. Adding new LTC beds to NHNH will help us better meet the growing demand for long-term care, reduce waitlists, and alleviate hospital system capacity pressures.”

The government has a plan to fix long-term care and to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.

“Fixing long-term care is very important for our government,” notes  Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, “and that is reflected in this accelerated approval of the request to replace and expand our Norfolk General Hospital Nursing Home.”