Plans for a new long-term care facility in Chatham-Kent have been given the green light.

Rick Nicholl’s, the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington made the announcement Friday that Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham will be getting 61 new beds.

This as the facility also moves from it’s current location on Sandy Street to McNaughton and Keil Trail North.

It will now be called St. Angela’s Meadow Long Term Care Home, and with the addition, will move to 160 beds.

Many of the long term care outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario were at homes with four people per room, and it will be 2 per room in the new residence.

There have been no long term care outbreaks in Chatham-Kent during the pandemic.

Meadow Park Administrator Anne-Marie Rumble and her staff are “thrilled” adding “the new beds will reduce wait times, and improve the quality of care and quality of life for seniors.”

Nicholl’s says he “loves bringing good news back to the community”.

The current wait list for Meadow Park is about 50 people.