Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr speaks with a resident at London's Parkwood Institute, February 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Get Increased Access To Long-Term Care Beds

Getting a long-term care bed is going to be a little easier for veterans in the London area.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr announced on Tuesday a new partnership between the federal government and the Parkwood Institute that expands veterans’ access to long-term care at the facility. As of now, veterans eligible for financial support from Veterans Affairs Canada for a community bed will have preferred admission to up to five beds.

“The partnership illustrates a continued effort by the department to provide increased service and benefits to veterans and their families. We will continue to review the Long Term Care Program to make sure it provides flexibility for veterans and their families,” said Hehr.

Through the newly announced partnership, three veterans have already been admitted to the beds.

Prior to the announcement, Hehr and London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos delivered handmade valentines to the veterans at Parkwood. The cards were created by Canadians from across the country as part of the longstanding Valentines for Vets program which began in 1989.

“I am very proud that Veterans Affairs Canada has been involved with receiving and distributing valentines to Veterans; it is an honour to deliver them here today and continue the tradition of actively remembering the sacrifices and achievements of Canada’s men and women in uniform,” said Hehr.

Last year, Veterans Affairs Canada distributed approximately 17,000 valentines to 6,700 veterans in 1,505 long term care facilities.