Monday, January 21, 2013

Guelph seeks community input on long-term care

City to consider different approaches for long-term care home services

GUELPH, Ontario, January 17, 2013 – Community members are invited to join the discussion about long-term care during a public forum on Tuesday, January 29 at 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street in Guelph.

The number of seniors needing long-term care is expected to increase in the years ahead and— as one part of Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy, already underway—the City is looking at different approaches to delivering long-term care services.

To ensure Guelph is prepared to meet future demand for local long-term care services, the City plans to review several different approaches using input from community partners, health practitioners, service providers, community members, the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Community members are also invited to share their thoughts about local long-term care by participating in a survey between January 31 and February 20. The survey will ask respondents to express what they feel is most important about a long-term care home, and what role the City should play in this and related health and social services for seniors.

“The feedback we gather from the public forum and the survey will be presented during a special City Council workshop on Tuesday, February 26,” said Barbara Powell, general manager of Guelph’s Community Engagement department. “Using this information, City Council can make an informed decision about Guelph’s preferred option for long-term care home services.”

To register for the forum, or request a printed copy of the survey, community members are asked to contact Beth Bergevin at 519-822-1260 x 2042 or beth.bergevin@guelph.ca.

About Guelph’s long-term care home services

Guelph is committed to building a healthy and safe community where people of all ages enjoy the best possible quality of life, and long-term care home services are an important part of Guelph’s community well-being.

Long-term care homes are governed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Currently, to meet its legislated requirement to participate in providing local long-term care services, the City of Guelph contributes funds to operate the Wellington Terrace long-term care home in Fergus, Ontario. The facility is owned and operated by the County of Wellington.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Barbara Powell, General Manager
Community Engagement
T 519-822-1260 x 2675
E barbara.powell@guelph.ca

guelph.ca/longtermcare