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Cedarwood Lodge reaches end of its licence, to close in 2023

The company currently operating the long-term care home says all 38 residents will be relocated prior to closing
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Cedarwood Lodge file photo. Darren Taylor/SooToday

A long-term care home in Sault Ste. Marie will close after its license expires at the end of this year, with 38 residents being relocated.

Cedarwood Lodge is a 50-bed long-term care (LTC) home that opened in 2015 at the north-end building in the former F.J. Davey Home.

Since 2017, Cedarwood Lodge has been operated by Nobleton-based UniversalCare Canada Inc.

UniversalCare VP Michael Griffin said the license for its interim beds at Cedarwood Lodge expires at the end of the year and the company will end services sometime in 2023.

"It is important to know that the home will remain open until all residents have been placed in other LTC homes of their choice," said Griffin. "We will work collaboratively with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and Home and Community Care Support Services to ensure the smooth transition of each resident.

Each resident and their family will be contacted to discuss the process for relocation, said Griffin.

"They will go to a Long- term Care home of their choice. During that time, they will continue to receive the exceptional care and services at Cedarwood Lodge that they have come to expect from us," he said. 

The facility was previously operated by another company prior to UniversalCare and, at the time, under numerous compliance orders from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

"Yes, it was previously managed by a different company," noted Griffin.

He noted Cedarwood Lodge and UniversalCare were able to eliminate the previous orders.

"Cedarwood Lodge LTC has been diligent and proactive in all areas of its operations. We continue to work closely with all our stakeholders, residents, families, and staff," said Griffin. 

The closure only affects Cedarwood Lodge in Sault Ste. Marie, no other UniversalCare long-term care homes are affected.

Griffin said Cedarwood Lodge is a high performing home with a positive reputation in the community.

"All long-term care licences have an expiry date and we have reached the full term of our licence," he said.


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