Extendicare Stittsville breaks ground for modern 256 bed long-term care home

(The ground-breaking ceremony for the announcement of the new Extendicare Stittsville long-term care home took place on October 29, 2021. Those included in the ceremony were: (l-r) Dr. Michael Guerriere, Chief Executive Officer of Extendicare; Glen Gower, Councillor for Ward 6 Stittsville; Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson; Hon. Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care; Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton; Ann Cioppa, a resident of Extendicare West End Villa; Clayton Donnelly, Administrator of Extendicare West End Villa; and, Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. All photos: Stittsville Central)

On October 29, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new state-of-the-art Extendicare long-term care home took place in Stittsville. Scheduled for anticipated completion in December 2023, the $76.3 million home, located at 2150 Wellings Private, will open its doors in spring 2024. Residents of Extendicare West End Villa will be moving to the new home as the Villa will be demolished. This is the first of five Ottawa Extendicare long-term homes being replaced over a seven- year time period.

(Dr. Michael Guerrier, Chief Executive Officer of Extendicare attends the ground-breaking for the new Extendicare Stittsville.)

Chief Executive Officer of Extendicare, Dr. Michael Guerriere told the audience, “West End Villa, Starwood Medex, New Orchard Lodge and Laurier Manor are slated for demolition and will be replaced with new spaces and some with new locations”. Extendicare currently operates approximately 700 beds in Ottawa. The for-profit chain will operate over 1,000 beds in Ottawa after the rebuilds.

Extendicare has been operating in the Ottawa area for 50 years. The very first Extendicare long-care home operated in Canada was opened in Ottawa in 1969 – with this project, we are building for the next 50,” added Dr. Michael Guerriere.

The new Stittsville home will provide 256 new and upgraded beds with many design improvements, such as semi-private and private rooms – ward rooms are excluded, larger resident common areas, central air conditioning and additional features such as HVAC systems for infection prevention and control. Each resident will have 608 square feet in which to live. The Stittsville Extendicare will include:

  • “Neighbourhoods” of eight self-contained, 32-resident home areas with dedicated dining rooms, more activity space, and lounging areas;
  • A country kitchen & cafe, physiotherapy room, chapel, beauty salon & barber shop and resident access to a secure outdoor courtyard for family connections;
  • Significant parking available for families and friends;
  • Clinical offerings include restorative care, palliative care, as well as additional space for families supporting residents through end-of-life care
(Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care, addresses the audience at the ground-breaking for the newly announced Extendicare Stittsville.)

Minister of Long-Term Care, Rod Phillips, stated at the ground-breaking, “It is a privilege to be here to break ground on 256 modern long-term beds here in Stittsville. This is part of a broader package of reforms brought forward on behalf of our government to fix long-term care. After decades of neglect and underfunding, our government is fixing Ontario’s long-term care sector and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for our seniors”.

The Minister added, “what we said in the legislation I introduced (October 28th) is that we expect the mission of long-term care homes to be quality of care and quality of life. How it gets structured, we’re very open to what kind of partners want to come forward.  We’re going to work with the best operators.”

(Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, welcomes the new long-term care home to be built by Extendicare to be located in Stittsville.)

The groundbreaking today is just the starting point for building modern, quality living spaces for the senior population. This new facility will greatly benefit Stittsville and surrounding communities. My riding of Carleton has an aging population that is growing rapidly and it is encouraging to see that our government is investing in building homes such as this one and updating existing homes so our loved ones have a safe and comfortable space to call home”, shared Goldie Ghamari, Carleton MPP.

(Ann Cioppo a resident of West End Villa speaks to the audience at the Extendicare Stittsville ground-breaking ceremony on October 29, 2021)

A resident at West End Villa since 2017, Ann Cioppa gave a heartwarming speech on the new Extendicare Stittsville home and what it will mean for the residents. Her main concern for the new home was to ensure it is wheelchair accessible, especially the kitchen area, and is so happy that the country kitchen will be accessible for all. The current rooms at West End are very small, especially when being shared. The new home will give each resident 600 feet in their own room.

I must say this to all of you, you cannot imagine how much we appreciate what you are doing. We are not able to contribute money or physical upkeep – thank God for housekeeping! The new building will be absolutely amazing for us. We’ll miss the old building and I’ll miss the garden, but will work in the garden at Stittsville. Thank you all for coming – we really appreciate the staff – my staff are out of this world. I say to you not goodbye or au revoir, but until we meet again,” Ann Cioppa told the crowd.

(Shovels hit the dirt at the Extendicare Stittsville ground-breaking ceremony and announcement held on October 29, 2021.)

The government has a plan to fix long-term care and to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.

As part of this plan, the province is also providing up to $270 million this year to long-term care homes to increase staffing levels by 4,050 new long-term care staff across the province, leading to more direct care for residents. This is part of the province’s $4.9 billion commitment to hire more than 27,000 long-term care staff over four years and ensure that residents receive on average four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.


10 thoughts on “Extendicare Stittsville breaks ground for modern 256 bed long-term care home”

    1. Hi Glendon – The new Extendicare in Stittsville will be located at 2150 Wellings Private off of Hazeldean Road and beside Wellings of Stittsville.

  1. We are interested in placing our parents aged 87 and 92 at your Stittsville family. I would like to have someone call or email me with information on the costs, and programs offered. Would like to see pictures and brochures also.

    If you have a contact name and number, please let me know.

  2. My father presently lives at WEV . When he was admitted via hospital to WEV hospital floor then to regular floor, we all thought he was going to die. He was emancipated.
    At some point the WEV doctor tapered him off doctor prescribed morphine ( thank you so much) and my father has now gained weight, is able to stand up and walk somewhat, and is quite coherent.

    Hopefully at the new Extendicare residents will be organized in rooms and units in the building according to their functional abilities. Now that my father is no longer on morphine for pain he has pretty much returned to his high mental functioning self. He worked for the Federal Government in property management.

    He doesn’t belong on a floor that has seniors screaming non stop and who appear to be very unaware of their surroundings.

  3. I drove by the construction site today. There was a crane and only 1 or 2 floors of concrete poured. Will Crossing Bridge really take in its first residents in Spring 2024, or are there new timelines for opening day? I note this article is from Oct 2021, so some slippage in project milestones would be understandable.

    1. The Extendicare website indicates that they are now planning to open in the Q2 timeframe of 2024, which would be during the summer.

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