A redevelopment project to expand Brockville’s Sherwood Park Manor officially broke ground on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with Minister of Long-Term Care Sam Cho visiting the city to take part in the announcement. The project aims to add 96 modern long-term care beds to the home.
The project is one of 67 long-term care home projects fast-tracked this fall with support from the Ontario government’s increased construction funding subsidy. The government has committed to build more than 58,000 new and upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
“Congratulations to Sherwood Park Manor on their expanded home. Our government is fixing long-term care and ensuring we build homes for seniors in the communities they helped build,” said Cho. “Today marks a significant milestone for Brockville. When construction is complete, 96 residents will have a new, modern and comfortable place to call home.”
A total of 21 new and 75 upgraded long-term care beds will be added to an existing 32 beds, to deliver a modern 128-bed home. The redevelopment will also add four storeys to the existing home, and is expected to welcome its first residents in fall 2025.
A news release from the government states that the new home will feature design improvements, including larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home. The design is centred around ‘resident home areas’, each of which creates a more intimate and familiar living space for up to 32 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms. Resident areas will include a guest suite, physiotherapy room, pop-up shop, tuck shop and beauty salon.
“The start of the construction project has everyone involved with Sherwood Park Manor excited for the future,” said Sherwood Park Manor administrator Alfred O’Rourke. “It will provide the community with additional beds that are sorely needed. Thank you to the provincial government, our Board of Directors and everyone involved for their work on this to get us to today.”
Once complete, the expanded Sherwood Park Manor intends to offer behavioural support and convalescent care services. The home will also be part of a campus of care, which helps integrate the long-term care home into the broader health care system and ensures residents can conveniently connect to the care they need.
In a Facebook post, Brockville mayor Matt Wren called the redevelopment “a vital project for our region” that “will provide our seniors the care they deserve when they reach a point of needing it.”
Wren added that the City of Brockville has committed to a contribution of $500,000 to the project “on behalf of our citizens.”
As a result of the government’s supplemental increase to the construction funding subsidy, which was designed to stimulate the start of construction for more long-term care homes across Ontario, 67 projects received ministry approval to construct between April 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023. This means 11,199 new and upgraded beds are now being built to modern design standards across the province.