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Media Release: 160 new long-term care beds coming to Tillsonburg

Posted on Friday January 14, 2022

Tillsonburg ­– The Ontario government has allocated 160 new long-term care beds for Tillsonburg. The announcement was made yesterday by the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care, alongside Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman and Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar.

The new beds will be developed by peopleCare Communities, a family-owned, values-based operator of senior living communities, with a 50-year history of service. peopleCare develops and operates campuses of care that enable seniors to age in place, with their care needs met as they change over time – including long-term care (LTC), retirement living, assisted care, memory care and more.

Construction on the new Tillsonburg facility is expected to start by the spring of 2023. 

“We applaud the Provincial Government for their aggressive commitment to providing additional long-term care beds in Oxford County,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “This announcement will benefit seniors and their families in our community, as well as those in the greater region we serve. This new campus of care will also bring new employment opportunities to our area, and open up the possibility for additional partnerships in the future addressing issues like access to training and affordable housing.”

“The Community Strategic Plan adopted by Council last year clearly identified long term care advocacy as a priority project,” says Tillsonburg CAO Kyle Pratt. “Residents want to have access to the amenities, services and attractions they require to live balanced lifestyles within the community.”

peopleCare has a solid track record in senior living care, earning Accreditation Canada – Exemplary Status, as well being designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for seven consecutive years. The company also received the single largest research grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

“The Town of Tillsonburg is proud of the partnerships developed with the Ministry of Long Term Care and peopleCare over the past three years,” says Pratt. “This announcement is something we’ve been collectively working toward for some time, so it’s gratifying to see the project move ahead.” 

“We’re committed to continuing to work together, with shared vision and values, for the benefit of an evolving health care system and the citizens of our community,” adds Mayor Molnar.

With the addition of 160 new beds allocated to peopleCare Tillsonburg, there are now 188 new and 100 upgraded long-term care beds in development in Oxford County, including 28 new and 100 upgraded beds at peopleCare Tavistock.

“Increasing long-term care capacity where its most needed is a top priority for Ontario’s health system so getting the green light to deliver high quality care and services to more seniors in Tillsonburg and Tavistock is wonderful news,” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO, peopleCare.

The Ontario government has a $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 Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When the Tillsonburg home is completed it will be a place for 160 local seniors to call home, near their family and friends.”

Long-time Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman says the new beds will be of tremendous value to seniors in Tillsonburg and the surrounding community.

“This is great news for Oxford. This project will help provide a much-needed capacity increase that is so important to Oxford – especially in Tillsonburg, where there is a population of seniors that is much higher than the provincial average. I commend peopleCare for its commitment to seeing this project come to fruition.”