Gables Lodge to be replaced with new nursing home

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Planning to begin in 2015, says premier

AMHERST – An Amherst nursing home will be replaced with a new 99-bed facility if Nova Scotians elect a new NDP government next month.

The NDP are promising a new Gables Lodge nursing home to replace the exisitng long-term care facility's 99 beds.

AMHERST – An Amherst nursing home will be replaced with a new 99-bed facility if Nova Scotians elect a new NDP government next month.

Premier Darrell Dexter announced his government will replace 700 long-term care beds if re-elected, allowing seniors to live with the dignity they deserve. Included in that total is a new Gables Lodge.

Planning should begin in 2015.

Cumberland North NDP candidate Brian Skabar said the premier’s announcement demonstrates his party’s commitment to making life better for seniors and their families.

“When it comes to standing up for seniors no government has done more than the NDP,” Skabar said. “The last Liberal government put a freeze on long-term care bed construction. In fact, between 1993 and 2003 the Liberals and Conservatives only built 41 new long-term care beds in Nova Scotia. Families are still dealing with the consequences today, but the NDP is working hard to ensure seniors can remain in their community and close to their loved ones.”

The beds will replace the beds already in place at the existing Gables Lodge facility that shares a property with Centennial Villa on Church Street.

Skabar said the NDP has opened an additional 1,000 long-term bed and plans to open another 1,100, while also eliminating provincial income tax for the lowest income seniors.

“The NDP believes seniors worked hard to help build our province and they shouldn’t have to worry about making ends meet,” Skabar said.

PC candidate Judi Giroux said she isn’t putting much faith in the government’s promise.

“When the Dexter NDP asked for the voters’ trust in 2009 they said they would increase the number of long-term care beds, but they until four years to do anything,” Giroux said in an email to the Amherst News. “The waitlist for long-term care is now the highest it has ever been in Nova Scotia and it’s 50 per cent higher than when the NDP was elected.”

She said a Conservative government will redirect resources from the boardroom to frontline services, starting with the recommendations from the Ernst and Young Report that the NDP “largely ignored.”

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Organizations: Cumberland North NDP, Conservatives, Amherst News Ernst and Young

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Church Street

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  • Confused
    September 20, 2013 - 08:28

    I would like to know why there are seniors being turned away from some of the seniors complexes to make way for non-seniors with drug abuse issues with serious heath issues and dependance on methadone. True story folks. I'm sure the residents are really feeling safe and dignified with somebody like that living next to them. Maybe DD and Mr. Skabar should look into how that can happen.

    • Disturbing
      September 21, 2013 - 19:40

      I find your comments very disturbing!! A Nursing Home knows no age limit it is for anybody who cannot stay at home anymore because of whatever illness they may have!! There is a protocol that is followed so I am sure that no senior is being neglected because someone who as you said has serious health issues got a bed before they did!!

  • Realistic
    September 20, 2013 - 06:36

    We don't need beds REPLACED, we need MORE of them. Sure, build new nursing care facilities, but don't tear down the existing ones - we need all the beds we can get even if some of them are getting dated.

  • Realistic
    September 20, 2013 - 06:36

    We don't need beds REPLACED, we need MORE of them. Sure, build new nursing care facilities, but don't tear down the existing ones - we need all the beds we can get even if some of them are getting dated.

  • Realistic
    September 20, 2013 - 06:35

    We don't need beds REPLACED, we need MORE of them. Sure, build new nursing care facilities, but don't tear down the existing ones - we need all the beds we can get even if some of them are getting dated.

  • River Hebert
    September 19, 2013 - 22:31

    I just can't believe Dexter will try anything to get votes .He promised it 4 years ago and didn't deliver .Just like the school in River Hebert that is still waiting to be finished.He should be ashamed of himself and his government .Just looking for votes..

  • River Hebert
    September 19, 2013 - 22:28

    I just can't believe Dexter will try anything to get votes .He promised it 4 years ago and didn't deliver .Just like the school in River Hebert that is still waiting to be finished.He should be ashamed of himself and his government .Just looking for votes..

  • not true
    September 19, 2013 - 22:11

    this is false. there is a letter out stating there WILL be a new building for gables. sign and delivered. nice try NDP, not gonna get votes by misleading the public. you guys must know your on your way out to put this crap in here.

  • Skippy
    September 19, 2013 - 21:30

    Judi there ain't gonna be a conservative gov't...this race is between Brian and Terry, and you're just noise

  • Ohmslaw
    September 19, 2013 - 19:27

    Brian Skabar has been basically invisible since 2009 and now you and your buddy Dexter will be gone on Oct 09. I'm getting sick and tired of hearing more stupid promises from the dreadful NDP. Dexter never kept one single promise during the 2009 election and why should anyone believe this idiot.

  • lol
    September 19, 2013 - 19:15

    well theres a way to get votes lol. there on there way out and use this. even thou they need a new building should have been done years ago,, nice try NDP see ya

    • river hebert
      September 19, 2013 - 22:46

      I cant believe Dexter ..just like the promise of River Hebert School that is still waiting to be finished. He should be ashamed of himself and his government. and a new nursing home.....Try putting some repairs into it instead of wasting money.