The new and expanded Grove Nursing Home opens its doors increasing long-term care capacity by 60 per cent

The new and expanded Grove Nursing Home opens its doors increasing long-term care capacity by 60 per cent

September 24, 2021 – The Minister of Long-Term Care joined Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) today for the grand opening of the new and expanded Grove Nursing Home. This marks the completion of one of the first construction projects as part of the current 20,161 new and 15,918 upgraded spaces in the provincial government’s development plan to modernize and expand long-term care facilities.

“Our government is fixing Ontario’s long-term care system and upgrading homes with brand new buildings is a key part of our plan,” said Minister Phillips. “The Grove Nursing Home is providing a safe, modern, comfortable place for 96 local seniors to call home – close to family and friends while getting the care they need.”

The construction of the new Grove broke ground in November 2019 and stayed within budget and very close to the timelines for its fall 2021 completion. The redevelopment project increased the capacity for the number of residents from 60 to 96 to help increase local access to care and meet the growing demand.

“The redevelopment of the Grove and the expansion in the number of beds is truly a game changer for Arnprior and area.  As MPP it has been a pleasure and honour to work with the community on this project.  As the community continues to grow, this will provide the much- needed increase in beds and quality of care it so richly deserves.  Congratulations to all involved,” said John Yakabuski, MPP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

The design of the new Grove is modern, resident-first, departing from the institutional style of nursing homes. Special design considerations were made to enhance dementia care, better facilitate infection prevention and control precautions, and accommodate the Grove’s person-centred model of care. The new home has been laid out into three Resident Home Areas – each includes a dedicated living room, dining room, activity room, home kitchen, bedrooms, and access to a secure courtyard with walking paths, seating, and gardens.

“Ensuring that our loved ones in Arnprior, West-Carleton and area have a safe, modern space to call home is so important, and I am proud to have helped make this happen for our community,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton. “Premier Ford and our government will continue to support our most vulnerable, and I want to congratulate everyone who supported the work to make this happen.”

The total cost of the redevelopment project is $29.2 million. The ARH Foundation is contributing $4 million from its successful Come Home to Great Care Campaign, and the balance of $25.2 million has been borrowed by ARH and repaid through the construction funding subsidy from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and ARH operating funds.

“The brand-new and expanded Grove will transform healthcare for many local seniors and their families by allowing them to stay in their community, close to their loved ones and ensuring they have the specialized and compassionate care they need,” said Cathy Jordan, Chair, Board of Directors, ARH. “We have achieved this milestone because of our community leaders, the ARH Team and our elected officials’ commitment to increasing long-term care capacity in the Arnprior area.”

In March 2021, the Ministry of Long-Term Care made a commitment to fund an additional 32 long-term care beds at The Grove bringing the total complement to 128 residents. ARH is currently in the planning stages to redevelop the old Grove site to accommodate the recently approved 32 beds and additional spaces for community programs that will be integrated into a Seniors’ Village to help support the health and well-being of seniors living in the community.

“When I joined Arnprior Regional Health, one of the pressing strategic priorities was to address the gaps in local access to long-term care for our community,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, ARH. “The opening of the new, 96-bed Grove is an incredible career milestone, and it would not have been possible without the engagement and determination of our community leaders, support from the municipal and provincial governments and the dedication and hard work of our ARH Team. This is a major win for healthcare in our local community.”

The Grove Team is completing the final preparations for the move, which is targeted within the next few weeks.

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 141-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

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