Walkerton, Ontario: Residents of Brucelea Haven, one of Bruce County’s Long-Term Care Facilities, received a visit today from the Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, the Provincial Minister of Long-Term Care.
The residents were pleased to welcome Minister Fullerton, who was joined by Ministers Lisa Thomson and Associate Minister Bill Walker, showing the delegation their home.
Warden Mitch Twolan and several members of Bruce County Council, Acting CAO Bettyanne Cobean and Brucelea Haven’s Acting Administrator Griffin Allen joined the residents and staff to welcome the Ministers.
Warden Twolan said, “I am delighted that Minister Fullerton took the time to visit Brucelea Haven and spend time with our residents, I know it means a lot to them and their families.”
In a brief address to the group Warden Twolan acknowledged, “that as the Licensee, County Council understands that we have major obligations to fulfill and Council has taken some serious steps to begin a complete reset to restore trust and confidence to our residents and their families.”
He announced that Bruce County has entered into a management contract with Primacare Living Solutions to deliver management for not only Brucelea Haven but also Gateway Haven our one hundred bed long term care home in Wiarton.
Primacare Living Solutions is an established long-term care provider, highly regarded in the field and they have committed to supporting the County to at least the end of 2020. In August 2019, Bruce County initially engaged Primacare to support the efforts to bring the home into compliance with provincial standards. Council has further recognized the need to enter into a longer term management contract. Jill Knowlton, Chief Operating Officer for Primacare Living Solutions, who also was present said “thank you for the opportunity to work with Bruce County Long Term Care Homes, Brucelea Haven and Gateway Haven. I commend County Council for taking the swift and immediate action that they have. We are confident that our work with Brucelea Haven will bring the Home into compliance with all requirements, ensuring a best in class Home for our residents, their families and our staff. Both Homes will provide an exemplary experience for those in their care.”
Warden Twolan assured the group that “our immediate need is to bring Brucelea Haven into compliance with provincial standards, and we are dedicated to addressing these issues and moving forward to ensure that the County’s long term care homes provide a high level of care for residents in the future.”
The County is committed to ensuring that Brucelea Haven and Gateway Haven are operating appropriately, safely, and securely for our residents, families, and staff. We are committed to providing an exceptional standard of care, in accordance with the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
Admissions remain temporarily suspended at Brucelea Haven.