Mar 27, 2017

Veterans Affairs Canada has announced the creation of a 25-bed program at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to provide long-term beds for Veterans who were not previously covered for long-term care

Kent Hehr, the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of the Department of National Defence announced support for a new partnership arrangement between the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network that will provide specialized long-term care beds for Veterans at Perley Rideau. More specifically, Veterans who are eligible for financial support from Veterans Affairs Canada in a community bed will now have access to up to 25 long-term care beds that are designated solely for Veterans' care.

To qualify for this new unit, the definition of "Veteran" has been greatly expanded to cover more of the Veterans who served in the Second World War and Korean War, along with Veterans who wore the uniform after the Korean conflict. This change has been a long time in coming. Many Veterans, who would have qualified for a bed in this special wing, passed away before this new definition was approved. 

"War Service Overseas Veterans will not be bumped in this process," confirms Perley Rideau spokesperson Jay Innes. "This unit will have its own distinct waiting list that will be managed by CCAC."

Based on the "natural decline in War Service Overseas Veterans," the Perley Rideau has been advocating for this change for many years. This is "terrific news for Canada's Veterans," says Innes, noting that some of these new Veterans have already moved into the Perley Rideau.

FrontLine article on Perley Rideau