It was an exciting day for the Southampton Care Centre on Friday, December 18th, as Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced that the Centre would be undergoing a major redevelopment.
The Centre, part of the Jarlette Health Services, currently has spaces for 88 residents while the new development will be able to host 160 residents and is part of the Province’s commitment to adding some 3,000 new spaces in 29 projects across the province.
“This is a very important issue for Huron-Bruce and I have heard from many constituents about the lack of long-term care spaces so that today’s announcement is great news for Southampton and the entire area,” said MPP Lisa Thompson.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau also pointed out that the expansion means that those in the community who require long-term care can remain in their community. “This is a very important investment for the entire community.”
The Centre’s owners, Dave and Alison Jarlette were on hand for the announcement. “Southampton Care Centre has been a part of the community for 45 years,” said President, Dave Jarlette. “The redevelopment of The Care Centre will not only enable us to extend our services to a wider demographic but also enable us to continue to meet the unique needs of our trusted community for many years to come.”
The Centre’s Residents’ Representative Debra Kent said that she and her family had chosen the Care Centre over many others when looking for her new home. “This is a wonderful facility but I hope that the government is also looking at more staff because these ‘girls’ in here are literally run off their feet and they’re tired!”
Care Centre Administrator, Brenda Ohm, thanked the community of Southampton for “embracing the home from the very beginning. “We have had the privilege to grow with and care for this wonderful community for over 45 years and we look forward to the future.”
It is anticipated that redevelopment work will begin in the Spring of 2022 and the project, which will mean an entirely new build, will take approximately 18th months to complete.