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June 27, 2023 TORONTO – June 27, 2023 Baycrest was honoured to host Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care for a visit at the Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged. This was a welcomed occasion following the announcement of Baycrest receiving $139,896 in funding from the Ontario government to purchase bariatric and other specialized equipment for Baycrest’s Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged. This funding will enable Baycrest to provide high-quality care for older adults with complex needs, such as dementia and bariatric care.
This funding is part of the new Local Priorities Fund operated by Ontario Health, which has invested over $2 million in 14 Toronto long-term care homes and five hospital-led initiatives that support homes across the city. Minister Calandra was joined at Baycrest by Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence and Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism and MPP for York-South Weston.
“Keeping up to date on residents’ needs is essential in providing the highest quality care possible, and we are grateful for the opportunity to upgrade our equipment with support from the Local Priorities Fund,” says Mide Seyi-Ajayi, Executive Director, Long-Term Care at Baycrest. “This is making a difference in the way we can perform care to help promote mobility and enhance the comfort and dignity of our residents. We appreciate the collaboration and partnership with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and are proudly working every day to improve the lives of our long-term care residents. At Baycrest, we are not only providing care but also working to create a world where every older adult enjoys a life of purpose, inspiration and fulfilment.”
Baycrest’s Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for Aged is a unique and vibrant long-term care home that serves 472 residents from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Residents of the Apotex Centre have a variety of needs including cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, physical disabilities, chronic conditions and more.
“We’re expanding specialized services and support for long-term care residents in Toronto so people with complex needs get the care they require and deserve in the comfort of a home, instead of a hospital,” says Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Our government is taking action to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the right care in the right place.”
The Local Priorities Fund aims to help older adults with complex needs access specialized care and support in their long-term care homes. It can also support the admission of people into long-term care homes who no longer require acute care in hospitals but who have complex needs that are difficult to accommodate without specialized services and support. 
This fund is part of a broader investment of over $120 million in 2022-23 to provide access to a range of specialized services and supports that are helping long-term care residents with complex needs access connected and convenient care in the right place.
Baycrest looks forward to working together with governmental partners and the community in the coming years to help improve and redefine aging in Ontario.
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