Seniors ­minister ­reveals ­details for new long term care and alternative home

Record Staff

Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Seniors Marguerite Blais announced plans to develop a seniors’ and alternative housing facility near the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS in Sherbrooke.
The facility, which will built on André-Breton Street, is going to feature 120 spaces for the Eastern Townships population. There will be 84 spaces for seniors and 36 spaces for adults with special needs.
There will also be a total of ten air-conditioned units with 12 places each, as well as individual rooms with toilets and showers adapted for each resident. The goal, according to Blais, is to recreate the perfect home environment.
“This construction of an alternative seniors’ home in Sherbrooke demonstrates our action in this area,” she said in a press release. “This new quality standard will improve the daily lives of residents, their families and staff.”
She wants to promote more human contact and an active lifestyle. The facility will also follow strict infection prevention and control measures in the event of an outbreak. Blais believes this will be enticing to prospective health care workers.
The press release also states that the Quebec government will be accelerating its Plan québécois des infrastructures 2020-2030 in order to build these new seniors’ and alternative housing facilities.
The project is part of a major transformation to long-term care facilities in Quebec. The government expects to dish out roughly $2.6 billion for the construction of these new homes across the province.
Additionally, residential and long-term care facilities will be renovated or rebuilt over the next few years in order to accommodate an extra 2,500 residents.
According to the plan outlined by the provincial government, the development of new homes and alternative housing will open another 2,600 new spots on top of that.

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