The Elliott becomes the long-term care home for Guelph

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has approved the City of Guelph’s request to transfer its municipal long-term care home responsibility from Wellington Terrace in Centre Wellington, to the Elliott Long-Term Care Home in Guelph.

The transfer will not change the number of long-term beds in Guelph, or how to access them, but could reduce Guelph’s long-term care costs by up to $50,000 a year.

This arrangement will be seamless for current Elliott residents and their families; it will strengthen the relationship between the City and The Elliot, and help Guelph provide a healthy and safe community where people of all ages enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Announcement from the office of Liz Sandals, MPP

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Questions and Answers

What is a long-term care home (LTCH)?

A long-term care home is also known as a nursing home or home for the aged; for people who require 24-hour nursing and personal care services.

What is The Elliott?

The Elliott is a not-for-profit, registered charitable corporation operating a long-term care facility in Guelph. The board of trustees for The Elliott is appointed by Guelph City Council.

When does this change take effect?

Local tax dollars will be directed to support long-term care service at The Elliott as of February 1, 2015.

Will this affect the City’s agreement with Wellington Terrace?

The County will continue operating the Wellington Terrace without financial support from the City.

Will it be easier for Guelph residents to access a facility here in town?

Not necessarily. A municipal home located in Guelph does not guarantee priority access to city residents. Once eligible for placement in a LTCH by a Community Care Access Centre, people can identify up to five preferred homes. For example, an Ottawa resident may request placement in a LTCH in Guelph in order to be close to family. Similarly, Guelph residents may request placement in a LTCH outside of the city.

What community partners and agencies are involved in this project?

Using input from the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, provincial associations, local service providers, other municipalities and community members of all ages, the City is evaluating its options for meeting its legislated requirements for providing long-term care.

Why did the City review its options for providing long-term care?

To determine how Guelph will meet the increasing need for long-term care in the years ahead, the City is evaluating options for its municipal LTCH considering:

  • Sustainability
  • Financial responsibility and prudence
  • Governance provisions and requirements
  • Legislation, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term care and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) requirements
  • Other legal and operational considerations
  • Community need

Why did the City review LTCH facilities and models outside Guelph?

Using an expanded research area provided additional information and options for consideration.

Why didn’t the City recommend building a new facility in Guelph?

Such an undertaking has significant associated costs and increased complexities (e.g. licences and approvals). Building a new home that meets provincial design standards is expected to cost approximately $165,000 per bed, without the price of land, and operating a small stand-alone home would be financially challenging.

Why did the City review several facilities? Why not simply choose The Elliott?

The City has sought to designate a local LTCH for over 20 years and the industry has evolved during this period; Ministry directions have changed, new legislation has been created and others repealed.

Given the complexity and regulation of the industry, the City retained subject and service sector expertise to:

  • Support the City in developing new relationships and connections with key decision-makers
  • Examine political trends at the provincial level
  • Guide the City in navigating the Ministry structure
  • Educate staff about the complexities of the long-term care sector and legislation
  • Re-examine the desirability, feasibility and risks of seeking designation of The Elliott

For more information

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

Barbara Powell, General Manager Community Engagement
City of Guelph
519-519-822-1260 extension 2675