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Making plans to address long-term care Needs

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Runnymede Healthcare Centre is making plans for a 200-bed long-term care home on its campus.

The Government of Ontario approved funding for a 200-bed long-term care home on the site of Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s existing parking lot. With plans to admit the first resident in 2022, the addition will help the hospital deliver a full range of programs and services to meet the community’s needs and provide access to long-term care for generations to come.

Long-term care at the hospital will provide seniors with access to desperately needed care so they can continue to age with dignity in their own community. As the first long-term care home in Canada to provide culturally relevant care for Maltese-Canadians, the facility will meet the unique needs of the residents in Toronto’s Little Malta community, where the hospital resides.

Runnymede’s application for a long-term care license was approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in October 2018. Since then, architects started the design process and the hospital co-hosted a community meeting on April 25 with Gord Perks, the city councillor for Runnymede’s ward. At the meeting, preliminary building designs were presented for community feedback, and questions were addressed. The next step is to apply to the City of Toronto for approval to construct a new building.

The plans the hospital are making today will meet the healthcare needs of tomorrow. For more news about the hospital’s proposal, watch for future editions of The Reporter. To access the latest long-term care updates or to provide feedback, visit runnymedehc.ca/longtermcare or write to longtermcare@runnymedehc.ca.