NSM LHIN Visits the Wendat Seniors’ Residence

October 1, 2015

Bob Morton, Board Chair and Jill Tettmann, CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) took time on Friday Sept 25th to tour the site for the Wendat Seniors’ Residence.  Still under construction, the build is expected to be complete by Christmas of this year.  The construction is being supported through charitable donations; however the programs that will be offered in the Residence are funded primarily through the LHIN.  

Pictured left to right:  Jill Tettmann, NSM LHIN CEO, Lorna Tomlinson, Executive Director, Wendat,
Judy Whittam, Chair, Wendat and Bob Morton, NSM LHIN Board Chair

“Bob and I were excited to see the work being done to strengthen our LHIN’s seniors’ resources in the Midland-Penetanguishene area”, commented Jill Tettmann, CEO, NSM LHIN. “Ensuring seniors, no matter what their financial circumstances may be, receive quality care in their own communities is fundamental to an integrated system of care.”    

The facility will offer 23 beds to frail seniors of low income who are in need of in-home support services.  There are 19 single bedrooms plus 2 double rooms intended for couples.  Early in the new year, seniors will be able to move in and have a single bedroom with private bathroom, all meals prepared, 24/7 personal support service and a number of other support services all for the one cost of $990.00 per month.  A full day activity program will be offered to residents as well as other seniors in the community who can come to the centre for the day.  

“This will be the only low cost option in the area for seniors who have an income of less than $2,000 a month,” said Lorna Tomlinson, Executive Director for Wendat Community Programs.   “North Simcoe has a significant number of low income seniors and seniors who have complex health needs.  We know the Residence will be a huge benefit to this group.”

Wendat also expects the Residence to have a significant benefit to Georgian Bay General Hospital by providing another option to which the hospital can discharge seniors.  Many seniors end up occupying a hospital bed long after they are ready for discharge because an appropriate place with the needed supports is not available to them.  These seniors can remain in hospital blocking that bed for more than a year.  Lorna Tomlinson further stated that “Wendat believes getting hospitalized seniors out as quickly as possible is a priority not just for the hospital and the Ministry of Health but most of all for those seniors.  The longer they stay in hospital the poorer they do.  We also want to free up those hospital beds so they are available for the whole community.”

For further information please contact Lorna Tomlinson, Executive Director, Wendat Community Programs at ltomlinson@wendatprograms.com