Submitted by the Fairvern Board of Directors
Considering the recent Doppler article (January 31, 2020) regarding the “Imminent Closure of
Fairvern Nursing Home” [Fairvern nursing home could close without the support of District council], the Fairvern Board of Directors would like to respond and clarify the concerns brought forward in these articles.
The Fairvern Board is aware of the need to build up to a 160-bed Long Term Care Home, located on a parcel of land adjacent to the MAHC [Huntsville Hospital site], to serve the current and future needs of seniors in the District of Muskoka.
• 50 per cent of the population of the District of Muskoka will be 55 years of age or older by 2021.
• 79 per cent of the residents admitted to Fairvern between 2010 and 2019 had been living within the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.
• 163 individuals are currently waitlisted for admission to Fairvern.
To that end,
1. The Fairvern Board is convinced that there is a need currently and for the foreseeable future for additional Long-Term Care Home beds in the District of Muskoka to meet the needs of our senior population;
2. The Fairvern Board recognizes that it is not in a financial position to fund the building of a new 160-bed home, no matter how enthusiastic the Board Members are;
3. The Fairvern Board of Directors endorses the District of Muskoka to apply for an additional 64 bed licenses to build a 160-bed Long Term Care Home in Huntsville;
4. The Fairvern Board has endorsed the transfer of its current 96 bed licenses to the District of Muskoka to be integrated into the new 160-bed District of Muskoka home;
5. The Fairvern Board would prefer that the home be established with a not-for-profit governance model. However, it is essential that demonstrated financial funding to develop and build a new 160-bed home is essential to ensure Ministry approval;
6. The District of Muskoka is to be commended for their willingness to consider and develop that application and assume the governance of Fairvern. The District of Muskoka has recognized the importance of retaining the current 96 Fairvern bed licenses and applying for an additional 64 beds, totaling 160 beds to meet the needs of residents of the District of Muskoka and surrounding areas;
7. The Fairvern Board gratefully appreciates all the support of both the District and Municipal governments, local developers, businesses and individual sponsors over the years and their commitment to making the new home in Huntsville a reality; and
8. The Fairvern Board remains committed to ensuring a smooth transition of all Fairvern residents and the employment security of its staff as they continue to provide care at the new Fairvern.
It is the Fairvern Board’s sincere hope that the duly elected Councillors and Mayors voting at the District of Muskoka Committee Meeting on February 18, 2020 will approve the submission to the Ministry for the additional beds and support the development of a new 160-bed home in Huntsville.
Heather Hunter, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Fairvern Nursing Home
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