Middleton-area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement and relocation of Northhills Nursing Home Ltd., a 50-bed long-term-care facility, located in Granville Ferry. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced the new facility today, Feb. 2, in Middleton. “Nova Scotians want to know that, if they need it, long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Northhills Nursing Home has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility in a new location that will be better able to meet the needs of area residents now, and in the days to come.” The replacement of Northhills Nursing Home became necessary, in part, because of its age and demands placed on it by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will allow them to be located in more communities around the provinces, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Middleton is expected to be open by March 2010.
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