Construction has started to redevelop Fairvern Long Term Care Home in the Town of Huntsville which will provide 160 long-term care beds for the region.
Residents are expected to move in sometime in 2025.
"Today is a celebration of the power of community and collaboration," says Nancy Alcock, Mayor of Huntsville. "This home is the result of the hard work and dedication of many passionate individuals and partners. This ceremony represents our commitment to our community and ensuring a bright future for the Town of Huntsville and all of Muskoka,”
According to a release, "This aligns with the Town of Huntsville’s priorities to provide residents social interaction, alternative housing arrangements, and mixed-use development that promote aging in place,"
“This ground-breaking is a significant milestone for Fairvern and the Muskoka region," said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care.
Once construction is completed, the new Fairvern home will be operated by The District Municipality of Muskoka.
The home will provide 84 new and 76 upgraded beds in private, semi-private and basic rooms, for a total of 160 modern long-term care beds in Huntsville. The brand-new building will feature design improvements, including larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home. The design is centred around ‘resident home areas’ to create more intimate and familiar living spaces for up to 27 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms.
Once built, Fairvern proposes to offer specialized health care services while meeting other long-term care needs of the community. This upgraded home will help address the growing demand for long-term care, which has increased wait times for beds and contributed to hallway health care.