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LETTER: Long term care facilities are vital, reader says

The idea that it would be 'egregious' to operate a long term care facility at former HRC property is 'uninformed and unrealistic,' says letter writer
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The Huronia Regional Centre has been closed for years. It is located on Memorial Avenue across from the OPP General Headquarters.

OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor. This letter is in response to a letter, published Monday, titled, 'Putting long term care facility at HRC 'egregious idea''. Send your letters to dave@orilliamatters.com
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I would like to comment on the opinion that using Huronia Regional Centre for long term care is an egregious idea.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if all persons could live in their own home, free to come and go when and where they wish, with the dignity of personal privacy and space.

Seniors have needs ... mobility, feeding, cognitive ... that prevent them from living independently. Their family, for whatever reason are unable to look after them.

I find these views uninformed and unrealistic. There are 36,242 seniors in Ontario on the wait list for long term care facilities.

In the 10 years prior to the closure of Huronia, massive renovations occurred that would make it an ideal location for a seniors' long term care home. One building would be very suitable.

We should not judge when we do not know the entire story. Yes, some negative things happened at Huronia in years gone by, but as they knew better, they did better.

There were many improvements both physically, emotional and centred on the well being of every person. There were many staff persons that excelled with care and concern for the individuals living at Huronia.

Wouldn’t we all want our loved ones to be able to stay in their own homes, being supported by their families and communities. My questions is, who is paying for all this?

Debbie Van Noort
Orillia

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