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Long-term care spending approved in Ottawa

The city will spend $1.8-million in response to four independent reviews of its long-term care services since last fall.
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Ottawa City Council approved $1.8-million in additional spending to strengthen the care of residents at its four long-term care homes.

Council said $800,000 will go toward hiring 35 additional support staff as soon as possible. The other $1-million will be for upgrades in equipment such as beds and lifts, and to implement a new electronic resident-care information system.

In the city's long-term care review, its four homes were visited and 240 interviews were conducted with residents, their families, staff and volunteers. Recommendations stemming from the four reviews were consolidated into one comprehensive work plan with 84 actions. Eighteen of these actions have been completed, 43 are in progress, and the implementation of the remainder will begin in the coming months.

At Wednesday's meeting, council also approved the use of $2.25-million in provincial funding for the City's 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. Staff will outline new initiatives that could be undertaken to advance the plan at an upcoming Committee meeting.

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