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LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home

Impending Closure of LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home in Guelph Stirs Community Concern

LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home, a privately operated facility located on Metcalfe Street in Guelph, Ontario, is set to close its doors on November 29. This unexpected announcement has will leave over 100 employees without jobs and many residents without a home, creating a ripple of concern across the community.

Currently, the home operates with 69 of its 92 licensed beds due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, even as 149 individuals wait for a spot. The recent closure news was delivered suddenly to the staff and residents, sparking significant emotional responses due to the abrupt change.

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Discussions about potential upgrades and the construction of a new building had previously painted a hopeful picture for the future of the facility. However, these plans have been overshadowed by the announcement, highlighting a stark contrast between past assurances and the current reality.

Shane Outridge, the director of quality improvement at the nursing home, attributed the closure to multiple factors. The primary reasons include the advanced age of the building, the economic challenges of necessary maintenance, and difficulties in meeting new safety requirements like the installation of fire sprinklers. Additionally, an upcoming license expiry and the rising costs of construction, coupled with staffing challenges, have compelled the decision to shut down.

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As the closure date nears, the home’s management is collaborating with the Ministry of Long-Term Care, Ontario Health, and Home and Community Care Support Services to ensure residents are relocated to suitable facilities and staff receive assistance in finding new employment.

The decision has activated a community response, with initiatives aimed at challenging the closure due to the deep personal connections and sense of family created within the home. The impending shutdown represents not only the loss of a place of care but also the dissolution of a close-knit community environment that has been a fixture in Guelph since the facility first opened in 1982.

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