Kipling Acres (20 acres to be exact) is one of the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes, which serves 262 residents ranging in age from 31 to 104 in northern Etobicoke community.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony celebrates the beginning of construction of the newly improved long-term care home of Kipling Acres.
With capital funding from the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Kipling Acres is being redeveloped in the following Phases:
- Phase 1 will include a new 192-bed long-term care home on the existing location.
- Architectural design for Phase 1 is underway, with a target date for completion of the end of 2012
- Phase 2 will consider adding other services to the existing location, to develop a “campus of care,” with a vision to include:
- independent living,
- supportive housing, plus complementary services, such as
- community space,
- a seniors’ wellness centre,
- co-located City services and
- some retail space, all within the same complex.
- Phase 3 will consider constructing an additional 145-bed long-term care home.
The new features that meet the ministry’s modern standards for long-term care as well as design standards include:
- greater wheelchair access for residents in private and public spaces, and
- more open outdoor spaces that can be used by all ages.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 19, 2011
Construction begins on Kipling Acres redevelopment
A groundbreaking event today signalled the beginning of construction at Kipling Acres, one of the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes. The existing site is now being redeveloped with capital funding from the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario.
This first redevelopment phase will include a new 192-bed long-term care home. The design of the new home has been undertaken with extensive community input to best meet the needs of residents and the northern Etobicoke community. Kipling Acres has been part of this community since 1959.
“This is a great day for the current and future residents of Kipling Acres and the surrounding community,” said Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North). “North Etobicoke has always treasured our seniors and those that care for them.”
Part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s long-term care home renewal strategy, the new home is being built to meet the ministry’s design standards. These standards give greater flexibility to create environments that make it possible to respond positively and appropriately to the diverse physical, psychological, social and cultural needs of all long-term care home residents.
The redevelopment will provide greater wheelchair access for residents in private and public spaces and will include more open outdoor spaces that can be used by all ages.
More information about Kipling Acres and its redevelopment is available at http://www.toronto.ca/ltc/kiplingacres.htm.
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