good news for Veterans from the CEO at the Perley-Rideau Veterans
I am writing to inform you that today Veterans Affairs Canada issued
a media release announcing the creation of a 25-bed program at
Perley Rideau to provide long-term beds for Veterans who were not
previously covered for long-term care. As you are aware, we have
advocated for this change for a long time to address the natural
decline in War Service Overseas Veterans who now call Perley Rideau
This specialized unit -- as designated by the province -- emerges
from a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long
Term Care, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Veterans
Affairs Canada and The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
Thanks goes out to our partners and stakeholders, including the
Royal Canadian Legion and the Perley Rideau Foundation, for
promoting the expansion of long-term care to more of Canada’s
This unique designation was earned as a result of decades of
outstanding care and the creation of a stimulating social
environment provided by the entire Perley Rideau Community. It is a
privilege to serve our Veterans and you show it in your actions each
To qualify for this new unit, the definition of "Veteran" has been
greatly expanded and covers more of the Veterans who served in the
Second World War and Korean War along with Veterans who wore the
uniform after the Korean War.
War Service Overseas Veterans will not be bumped in this process.
This unit will have its own distinct waiting list that will be
managed by CCAC.
This is terrific news for Canada's Veterans and a success for all
parties involved and we plan to formally thank everyone later this
I am proud to say that some of these new Veterans have already moved
into the Perley Rideau including one Veteran who was a long-serving
volunteer and served as the chair of the Perley Rideau Foundation.
CBC TV, radio and print will share our story today and I hope we
will attract additional media attention in the days ahead.
I want to let everyone know that this good news doesn't mean we will
be taking a step back to the days when the 250 Veterans were young
and the average stay was measured in years. This news only
reinforces our commitment to make the necessary changes so that
Perley Rideau is seen as an innovative care provider to seniors and
Veterans in the Ottawa region and that we are indispensable to the
I thank everyone for your support and patience during these times of
change and I look forward to formally celebrating this new unit at
an event in the cafeteria later this spring.
We will add a new page to the homepage of our website (perleyrideau.ca)
providing information to Veterans and their families specific to
this news and I invite all of you to share this terrific news.
Akos Hoffer, CEO, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre