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The Elliott to become long-term care home

The City of Guelph has received Ministry of Health approval to make The Elliott its long-term care home.
Local MPP Liz Sandals recently announced that Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins had approved the city’s request to transfer its municipal long-term care home responsibility to The Elliott Long-Term Care Home in Guelph from Wellington Terrace in Centre Wellington.
“The ministry’s approval of the designation of The Elliott as Guelph’s municipal long-term care facility is ground-breaking,” Mayor Karen Farbridge said in a news release. “We are excited to see the results of our collective work for over a decade.”
The change means that Guelph taxpayers’ funding will now be directed toward long-term care in Guelph, the release said.
Under current legislation, municipalities such as Guelph are required to establish and maintain a municipal long-term care home or to provide funding to help maintain a long-term care home in another municipality.
Guelph had been contributing to the operating costs of the 176-bed Wellington Terrace, operated by the County of Wellington.
The county has agreed to the termination of this agreement and has said Wellington Terrace can remain financially viable without the contributions of the city, the release said.
The city intends to run The Elliott through its local board as part of the city’s internal administrative structure. This approach will maintain the existing administration within the home, and residents will see no change in terms of staffing or care practices, it said. The city will retain full legal responsibility and accountability for the operation and management of the home.
“This designation has long been the goal of both the city and the board of trustees of The Elliott Community,” board chair Randall Wilson said in the release. “Strengthening an already strong relationship between the city and The Elliott will help the board continue to provide outstanding seniors services for the Guelph community.”

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