Learn the facts about the decision to build a new 166-bed long term care home.
Grey County is making important changes long-term care. County Council is moving forward with plans to combine the beds at Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace into a new 166-bed County home in Durham. This project will maintain all 166 long-term care beds in southern Grey County. In addition, Grey Gables will be converted to an assisted living and seniors facility. Lee Manor in Owen Sound is not directly impacted by this decision.
Long-Term Care Redevelopment Facts
The needs of long-term care residents are becoming more complex and Ministry regulations are changing. Grey County needs to adapt to this new environment if we are to continue providing the high quality long-term care services our residents need and deserve. We are committed to a responsible and fair solution that allows us to deliver the best service possible with tax dollars.
The process we've followed
- The Ontario Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 changed regulations and required all long-term care homes to meet ‘Class A’ standards by 2025. Rockwood Terrace requires redevelopment to meet these standards.
- In 2016, Grey County hired Sienna Senior Living to provide a redevelopment analysis. They presented three scenarios to council on April 5, 2016 and outlined the financial impact of each option.
- Council discussed the presented scenarios and other challenges facing Grey County long-term care. These include staffing, responding to increasingly complex Ministry regulations and the cost of long-term care to taxpayers. Eleven per cent of the County’s budget goes to long-term care ($6.3 million in 2018). Council requested staff return with additional financial information.
- On July 5, 2016, Grey County discusses the three redevelopment scenarios with Southwest Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Team Lead, Julie Girard, for guidance regarding long-term care service delivery planning. LHINs are responsible to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the planning, integration and resource allocation for health services, including long-term care services.
- On March 23, 2017, staff proposed the merger of Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace into a new 166-bed home in Durham. The staff report considered current and future long-term care challenges, improvements to care, impact to the levy, community needs, the intentions of private-care providers, current County long-term care assets and selling Grey Gables as an assisted living facility. There are currently no retirement homes or memory care facilities in the Markdale area. Council deferred the vote until May 11, 2017.
- On March 30 and March 31, 2017 the County hosted two public meetings to outline the proposal and answer questions. Feedback was collected at these meetings and in the following weeks by phone, online and by mail.
- An information report was presented to council on May 11, 2017 summarizing the comments received. The redevelopment vote was deferred again to May 25, 2017 to allow for more information to be collected.
- In a recorded vote May 25, 2017, the majority of County Council supported the merger of the two homes as the best solution for addressing the County’s long-term care needs.
- September 2017 a redevelopment proposal was sent to MOHLTC for consideration. The County has not yet received a response.
- On November 7, 2017 and April 18, 2018 the previous Liberal government announced new long-term care bed licenses.
- Council, in a second recorded vote May 10, 2018, maintained its decision to build a 166-bed home in Durham as the best solution for Grey County.
What to expect next
- On June 7, 2018 Ontario elected a new provincial government under Doug Ford. It is unclear when Grey County will be notified about its redevelopment application.
- In the Premier’s throne speech on July 12, long-term care is mentioned as a priority.
- If the recommendation to merge Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace into a new home in Durham is approved by the LHIN and the Province, redevelopment is still years away. It will take time to create all necessary plans and construct the home.
- Grey County will keep staff and the public informed of all progress made on the redevelopment discussion.
- The provision of high-quality care to the residents at both Rockwood Terrace and Grey Gables will continue to be Grey County’s priority during the entire process.