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New long term care wing opens

Residents of Redvers Health Centre will move into a brand new long term care wing during the week of July 22-26. The new wing will replace the Centennial Haven which was built in 1967.

“This is an exciting time for the residents and the staff who care for them,” says Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region. “We’ve all been preparing for this day since construction began in the fall of 2011 and we’re looking forward to the completion.”

The residents will move into 23 individual rooms in one of two connected houses, each with its own air-conditioned dining room, living room with fireplace, and kitchenette. The 24th room is available for respite care.

Both the resident’s rooms and individual bathrooms are larger than the current rooms, contain built-in wardrobes, dressers, desk and provision for a computer and television hookup. The rooms have low windows with deep window sills for plants, wide doors to accommodate wheelchairs and overhead lifts to make moving safer and easier. 

The two houses, called Tiger Lily Lane and Gardenside Terrace, look out onto a spacious terrace in the front of the building. Each house has a parking area for scooters, laundry, personal care, storage and housekeeping rooms. The houses will share a large activity room which opens out to a covered patio with pull-down sun and mosquito screens, a chapel, and hairdressing room.

Two rooms in each house will have interconnecting doors for couples. Each house offers a family/sitting room.

Wash basins for infection control are located along the wide hallways for staff.  A new, quieter nurse call system and wander guard system designed for the building have been installed.

“It’s been a long process,” says Facility Manager Naomi Hjertaas. “We began formally planning in 2009.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work by many people to get to this point. The Redvers and District Community Health Foundation has been fundraising for the community’s share of the cost as well as being involved in the on-going planning and building process. Regional departments like nursing, dietary, maintenance and housekeeping have been planning how to organize the use of these new spaces.”

“But it’s all worth it,” she says. “This new wing will be a definite asset to the community and a big improvement to the quality of life of residents here.”

The old wing of the health centre will be closed off once the move is complete to prepare for a renovation this summer.

A grand opening for the new wing and renovated area will be held later in the year.

Posted July 17  







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