Yarmouth-area residents will benefit from a nursing home to replace Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac, a 79-bed long-term care facility in the town. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont and Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt, announced the new facility today, Aug. 1. It will be built in the Yarmouth area and is expected to be completed in 2011. “Nova Scotians want to know that if they need it, long-term care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.” “This announcement gives our community members the peace of mind they want and deserve,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The replacement of Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac will ensure that residents can continue to live in a safe environment where they can enjoy a high quality of life.” The replacement of the home is necessary because of its age and layout. Originally built as a hotel, the facility presents unique challenges as it strives to meet the changing needs of residents who generally require more complex care. New long-term care facilities will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. It will allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location as their health requirements change.