Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:09PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:07PM EST Arnprior’s only nursing home is pleading with the provincial government to approve a plan that would drastically increase the number of long-term care beds in that city. The Grove Regional Health Centre, a not-for-profit facility run by the Arnprior Regional Health Centre, is seeking to increase its bed count from 60 to 96 as part of a massive redevelopment. Plans are ready to build a new, larger facility with greater services and to turn the current space into affordable homes for seniors. But before shovels hit the ground, the centre needs to get new licenses from the provincial government. The President and CEO of Arnprior Regional Health Eric Hanna said getting that approval is proving to be a difficult task. “Right now the government is suggesting that there are no additional licenses right now,” Hanna said. There are more than 78,000 long-term care beds across Ontario and Hanna said licenses are required for every bed. Since 2003, The Ministry of Health said more than 10,000 new beds have been developed, and more than 13,5000 older beds have been redeveloped. It is unclear how many beds have closed in that same time frame. Gert Murphy lives in Arnprior but was unable to get her husband of 58-years into the Grove. Bill Murphy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, and has been living at a nursing home in Stittsville for the last year. Gert said she tried to get Bill into The Grove but couldn’t because the facility wasn’t secure enough for him and had no room. “He was wandering and they didn’t have secure facilities and they wouldn’t take anyone who had a chance of getting out,” Murphy said.
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