HEALTH–Valley Nursing Home Beds Improve Seniors’ Care, Free UpHospital Beds Thirty-two more nursing home beds in the Annapolis Valley willfree up hospital beds, reduce wait times for some hospitalservices, and provide more appropriate care for seniors. Premier John Hamm said today, Nov. 20, that the additional bedsare a part of government’s plan — Your Health Matters — toimprove care for seniors and for hospital patients in theAnnapolis Valley. “Seniors deserve the best care and as a government we’re workinghard to see that they get that care,” said Premier Hamm. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward in givingpeace of mind to Valley seniors and their families.” Annapolis Valley Health has been challenged to manage theirpatient needs as seniors in hospital waited for nursing homespace. This has limited the number of beds available to hospitalpatients. These new nursing home beds will help seniors get thelevel of care they need and help the health district. The beds will be added to Grand View Manor in Berwick in April This site has space available and can be renovated quickly. A vacant apartment unit on the site will be converted for long- term care use. Grand View Manor will invite tenders for the work. “This change will also support the doctors, nurses and otherhealth care workers in the Annapolis Valley,” said Mr. Hamm.”They are to be applauded for providing exceptional care forseniors and their continuous dedication for all of theirpatients.” “Patients awaiting long-term placement deserve all the expertiseand special programs long-term care is able to provide,” saidAnne McGuire, CEO for Annapolis Valley Health. “Acute caresettings are geared to provide a different level of care. Forstaff and doctors trying to meet such diverse needs, it isfrustrating and stressful so we are pleased to see more nursinghome beds opening in our community.” Earlier this year, government announced funding to begin a studyon health care needs in the Annapolis Valley. In the new year,the Department of Health will also undertake provincewideconsultations which will result in a provincial plan for seniors’care.