Calling out for more long-term care cash in Barrie

An empty senior’s dining room tells its own tales.

The eight small, round tables almost appear a little lonely placed around the spacious dining room at the Roberta Place Long Term Care Home on Essa Road in Barrie.

However, when you take into account the number of wheelchairs and walkers that will soon enter the room, the lack of chairs makes sense.

Then there are the overly large handles on the table cutlery, making the simple act of eating easier for those gnarled hands, crippled with arthritis after years knitting or digging in a garden.

Compared to a large dining hall where all the residents meet for their meals, Roberta Place has five dining rooms, so each floor’s inhabitants can speak and hear their table mates, instead of feeling the growing frustration of a too-loud room.

“Over the last 15 years, I’ve been in a lot of long-term care facilities. By far, this is a very impressive home,” said Candace Chartier, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Read the rest of the story at the Barrie Examiner.