Council to consider further review of Guelph long-term care home

Guelph, ON, May 3, 2013 – On May 27, City Council will consider whether to move ahead with an assessment of The Elliott—a not-for-profit seniors’ residence located at 170 Metcalfe Street—to determine if it would be suitable for meeting Guelph’s requirements under the Long-Term Care Homes Act.

Currently, the City meets its legislated requirements through an agreement with the County of Wellington. Guelph contributes $1.2 million per year to fund 20 per cent of the net operating costs of the Wellington Terrace facility located outside the city – between Elora and Fergus.

To ensure Guelph is prepared to meet future demand for local long-term care, the City is gathering input from the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, local service providers, provincial associations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and community members of all ages, and reviewing several facilities and service models in the area.

“We have seen some community support for building a new facility in Guelph,” said Barbara Powell, general manager of the City’s Community Engagement department. “Before making such a significant investment and involving the City in complex permits and licensing, City Council is considering several options and service models to find the best way to meet Guelph’s need for high-quality long-term care.”

If approved by Council, the City would ask The Elliott’s Council-appointed Board of Trustees to help gather more detailed information about the operation of the facility. The Elliott and the City would work together to understand what further investment or changes may be necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, and report back to the City’s Community and Social Services Committee in September.

Council will also consider exploring a “campus of care” housing model over the next 20 years as part of Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy. Sometimes called a community hub, the model emphasizes healthy aging and creates a sense of home by providing a range of housing among services and programs designed to meet the needs of aging residents.

Read the staff report in the Community and Social Services Committee agenda.

For more information

Barbara Powell
General Manager
Community Engagement
519-822-1260 extension 2675