A Shortage of Long-Term Care in Ontario.

Today, moving your loved ones into long-term care is a complicated process, with no assurances that you will be accepted at the residence of your choice. 

Long-term care space is scarce in Ontario, and the government is still
trying to catch up with the demand.

Hamilton has been identified as one of the top 15 metropolitan areas
in Canada with a population of those 65 years or older at 17.9%.

At Shalom Manor & Gardens, we are experiencing our own significant shortage with waitlists estimated to be from five to eight years, depending on the needs of the applicants. This provides less opportunity to care for those in the broad regions of Grimsby/Niagara and Hamilton/Burlington.

By 2031 it is estimated that approximately one in four Canadians will be 65 years or older.

The waitlists at Shalom Manor & Gardens Grimsby are estimated to be from 5 to 8 years, depending on the needs of the applicants. Almost one-third of those on the waitlist are from the Hamilton/Burlington area.

Smiling woman in chair

Addressing the Shortage with a New Campus of Care

To help address the critical shortage of long-term care availability, Shalom Manor, Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home and Wellingstone Christian Home have partnered to address the critical shortage of long-term care through a new Christian elder care residence. The Hamilton site will be an innovative continuum of care campus, blessing our parents and grandparents well into the future. Located at 1411 Upper Wellington Street in Hamilton, the new home will serve the aging Reformed Christian Dutch-Canadian communities.

Artist's rendering of the new Hamilton Building
Nurse with Mask caring for woman in wheelchair

The pillars of the Campus of Care will include:

  • A values-driven organization that encompasses key elements of Christian values, servant leadership and spiritual care.
  • Person-centred care and service, promoting a culture of quality, innovation and transformative change.
  • Community spirit and fellowship providing enrichment, vitality and energy to the lives of our residents through an intergenerational campus.
  • An aging in community philosophy that will exemplify an age-friendly model.

Shalom Manor Hamilton is projected to begin construction in 2022, with a completion date of 2025 in order to meet the growing demand for this level of care.

Providing a Continuum of Care

The new six-storey facility will be a caring village, providing fellowship through residential and service options for over 256 seniors. The full range of amenities will serve our growing community of elders and will complement the current independent living apartments at Wellingstone Christian Home. This continuum of care will minimize the need for our residents
to move throughout the home and allow for the support of those in the adjacent Wellingstone.

top-down drawing of new Hamilton Campus
3D render of new Hamilton Campus

Projected Project Revenue

Government funding $6,600,000 5%
Partner Contributions $3,300,000 3%
Shalom Manor contributers $2,600,000 2%
Capital campaign $22,000,000 17%
Morgage financing $91,400,000 73%
Total $125,900,000 100%

Projected Project Budget

Land $4,600,000 4%
Construction $107,700,000 85%
Furniture Fixtures & Equipment $3,300,000 3%
Professional fees & soft costs $9,000,000 7%
Fundraising & Marketing $1,300,000 1%
Total $125,900,000 100%
Elder Care

An Innovative Approach to Elder Care

Elder care is rapidly changing, just like our needs change as we age. Shalom’s interdisciplinary teams are challenged to stay educated on new information, evolving leading practices and changes in policy — all while providing care with grace and love.

A new position, Shalom Manor’s Director of Quality & Innovation, will work with the leadership team and front-line staff as they develop and deliver modern processes. Working with external partners, they will identify, evaluate and implement new processes and best practices in the areas of aging. This position will identify new ways to invest in technology to expand our current capabilities and capacity as an organization.