Additional pandemic funding for seven Lambton retirement homes

Landmark Village retirement home in Sarnia. 31 March 2020. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)

Seven Sarnia-Lambton retirement homes are getting a boost from the Ontario government to keep seniors safe during the COVID pandemic.

Nearly $214,000 is being distributed locally, ranging from $22,820 for Fiddick’s in Petrolia to $48,853 for Landmark Village.

Others getting money include Vision Rest Home, Twin Lakes Village, Albany Retirement Village, Rosewood Village, and Village on the St. Clair.

The funds help cover the cost of hiring, training and testing additional staff, sanitizing residences, and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of infection.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey is pleased.

“The owners and staff of our local retirement homes have been at the forefront of keeping our valued seniors safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bailey. “I applaud the dedication and commitment of all our local retirement homes in providing their residents with compassionate, quality care during one of the most difficult periods of their lives.”

The funding is part of a $30-million investment across the province, and is in addition to $30.9-million earmarked for homes earlier in the pandemic.