Staffing remains a significant issue for long-term care homes in the district. Pinecrest and Princess Court both have onsite classrooms, in an effort to encourage recruitment.

However, a province-wide shortage of personal support workers continues, and homes can only hire certified staff. Board chairman Jim Blight adds Pinecrest is facing upgrades to its fire safety and heating systems.

"Sprinklers are mandatory by the year 2025, but no funding for this requirement has been announced," Blight wrote in his report to the Kenora District Municipal Association. "Despite that fact, this approach would still be more cost effective than a complete rebuild."

Last year, Pinecrest ran at 99 per cent capacity for its 116 beds. Princess court has 97 beds, and they were also full 99 per cent of the time.

 

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