Consultations for Long-Term Care and Community Support Services to Begin Next Week

Health and Community Services
July 28, 2010

The Provincial Government will hold a series of public consultation sessions throughout the province in the coming weeks to seek input from stakeholders and the general public on the vision, mission and guiding principles that will form the basis of a new provincial long-term care and community support services strategy.”Our government is committed to revitalizing and strengthening the provincial long-term care and community support services system in our province and enabling people to stay closer to their homes for as long as possible,” said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services. “These consultations will provide an opportunity to hear directly from the public regarding the challenges and potential solutions in the current system and will help guide the development of a new provincial long-term care and community support services strategy.”

Consultations will take place in the form of public meetings throughout the province, roundtable discussions with selected stakeholders, written submissions by mail or email, and verbal submissions by telephone.

Public meetings will be hosted by Minister Kennedy or Keith Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, and will take place in 20 communities throughout the province – St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay South, Carbonear, Placentia, Clarenville, Marystown, Harbour Breton, Bonavista, Twillingate, Gander, Springdale, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Port aux Basques, Plum Point, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City and Hopedale. See below for a complete schedule, including dates, times and locations.

“Residents are encouraged to participate in the consultation process and to share input and ideas regarding the current and future long-term care and community support services system,” said Minister Kennedy. “Feedback received will enable us to develop effective policies that will enhance programs and services available in the province.”

Individuals wishing to make a presentation during the consultation sessions are asked to pre-register by email or by phone, as listed below, at least 48 hours prior to the consultation session they wish to attend. In addition, those registering are asked to obtain a copy of the discussion document Close to Home: A Vision for Long-Term Care and Community Supports Services on the Department of Health and Community Services’ website. The document provides an overview of supports and services available and outlines a proposed vision for an improved system, as well as a potential service delivery model that will guide future program development. It also provides questions to support individuals in making their presentation at the public consultation.

Department of Health and Community Services
Policy and Planning Branch
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Phone: 729-5515 or 1-888-729-5515
TTY: 1-888-729-5440
Fax: 709-729-0261
Email: closetohome@gov.nl.ca
Web: www.gov.nl.ca/health

The Williams Government is investing approximately $60 million in long-term care and community support services in Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future allocating $27.3 million for the continued development of two new long-term care facilities in St. John’s; $8.9 million to increase the home support hourly subsidy rate by an additional 75 cents; $8 million to begin construction of a new long-term care facility in Lewisporte; $4 million to start construction of a 250-bed long-term care home in Carbonear; $3.2 million to increase the personal care home subsidy rate and to expand the portable subsidies to respond to the current personal care home waitlist; $3 million to complete the new Corner Brook long-term care facility; $2.1 million to finalize the long-term care home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; and, approximately $1.7 million for a new protective care community residence in Bonavista, with specialized care and accommodations for individuals with mild to moderate dementia.

For more information about the upcoming long-term care and community support services consultations, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/health.

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Media contact:

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-2646
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca


BACKGROUNDER

Long-Term Care and Community Support Services Consultations Schedule

Tuesday, August 3
Stephenville
Holiday Inn
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 4
Port aux Basques
Hotel Port aux Basques
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday, August 9
Corner Brook
Greenwood Inn
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 10
Springdale
Valley Vista Recreational Centre
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11

Grand Falls-Windsor
College of the North Atlantic
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gander
Hotel Gander
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 12
Twillingate
Anchor Inn Motel
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 13
Carbonear
Fong’s Motel
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, August 16
Plum Point
Plum Point Motel
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 17
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Hotel North Two
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18
Hopedale
Hopedale Inuit Community Government Office
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 19
Labrador City
Two Seasons Inn
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24
Mount Pearl
St. Peter’s Parish Centre
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 30
Harbour Breton
The Southern Port Motel
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 31
Bonavista
College of the North Atlantic
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1
Clarenville
St. Jude Hotel
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 2
Placentia
Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 7
Marystown
Marystown Hotel
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 9
St. John’s
Holiday Inn
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 10
Conception Bay South
Worsley Park
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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