There’s less than two weeks left to provide your input about the future of Fairvern Nursing Home. Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is taking public feedback until December 29th, and the Town of Huntsville is encouraging residents to send in their opinions before the deadline.

The non-profit nursing home has applied to add 20 beds to its current 76, and if the ministry approves the application it will mean a complete revitalization of the home. Huntsville has donated land on Earls Road for a new building and the District of Muskoka is pitching in $10 million to make it happen, but that funding is contingent on ministry approval.

As of last month the waiting list to get into the home had almost 140 names on it, which Fairvern Board Chair Rob Laver says clearly indicates the dire need for additional long-term beds in Huntsville and Muskoka. Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison says it’s crucial to let the ministry know the importance of long-term care in our community, and Fairvern is an integral part of our health care network.

You can send in your comments by email to LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca or by mail to:

Director under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Licensing and Policy Branch
1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, On, M5S 2B1

Include the name Fairvern Nursing Home in your letter or email, and quote project #18-030.

Once the public input deadline passes, the ministry will look at all of the comments and then make its decision. On top of public feedback, the ministry will also consider the demographics, financial reviews, an inspection of Fairvern and input from the Local Health Integration Network. There’s no timeline for when the final decision will be made, but assuming it gives the okay it will take 36 months to build the new nursing home.

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