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Province Invests $3 Million In Six First Nations Personal-Care Homes

Manitoba News Release
April 14, 2008

The province is committing $3 million over three years to support residents at six First Nations personal-care homes, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.”Our government has made it a priority to ensure personal-care home residents have access to the care they need,” said Oswald.

“These investments will help us support Manitobans needing personal-care services, as well as ensuring these facilities meet the licensing requirements set out by the province.”

The province will also provide additional staff to conduct resident assessments and help the facilities meet provincial standards.

“Our elders have worked hard to take care of us and now it’s our turn to take care of them,” said Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for seniors. “These facilities enable community elders to remain close to their families and friends while receiving quality care that meets their needs.”

The facilities that will receive provincial funding for residents assessed at care Level IV include:
• Ochekwi Sipi Personal Care Home in Fisher River Cree Nation in the Interlake region;
• Dakota Oyate Lodge in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in the Assiniboine region;
• George M. Guimond Care Centre in Sagkeeng First Nation in the North Eastman region;
• Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in the NOR-MAN region;
• George Colon Memorial Home in Oxford House First Nation in the Burntwood region; and
• Peguis Senior Centre in Peguis First Nation in the Interlake region.

The province sets out minimum standards for care and resident safety that personal-care homes must meet. Personal-care homes undergo regular reviews to ensure these standards are met and to ensure that quality care is provided to Manitobans living in personal-care homes.

Funding for residents assessed at care levels I, II and III and for capital upgrades to these facilities continues to be provided by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

The $3 million in provincial funding will be provided in a phased approach over the next three years.

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