Redvers and area residents celebrated the completion of their new long-term care facility at the Redvers Health Centre during a grand opening ceremony on October 10.
Patients, health centre staff, local municipal leaders, members of the Sun Country Health Region and its board were in attendance. The long-term care ward was built as an addition to the health centre.
"It was a great opportunity for residents to showcase their new home, and many of the residents participated in some of the activities. So we had a couple of residents who actually helped with the ribbon cutting," said Sun Country CEO Marga Cugnet.
"Then some of them were able to explain to the community their new home environment when the staff was helping with the tours."
The long-term care area has 23 long-term care beds and one multi-purpose bed. The health centre also offers a range of other health care services, including therapies, mental health and dietitian services.
It is divided into two home pods that have 12 rooms each, allowing it to provide surroundings that more closely reflect the size and environment of a home, rather than an institution. Each pod has a living room and a self-contained kitchen, which is attached to the main kitchen.
"There are opportunities for some meal preparation right in the home, so that they can help participate if they wish; or if they smell the meals being cooked, it helps with increasing their appetite," said Cugnet.
The homes have a lot of natural light, and they're very warm and welcoming, Cugnet said.
"It's certainly much easier for our residents to get around their homes," said Cugnet. "They have really nice sized bedrooms, and they have already had the opportunity to do a lot of personalization of their bedrooms."
Many of the long-term care residents are in wheelchairs, and require a lot of equipment. Overhead lifts are installed in bedrooms, making it easier for staff to assist residents when they need to be moved from a bed to a wheelchair.
Residents moved into the new long-term care wing during the summer. All of the beds, with the exception of one, are currently occupied. The one room with a bed that isn't being used is utilized for respite or multi-purpose needs; now that residents are settled in, a resident will likely occupy that bed in the future.
"They are very excited to have moved into their new home," said Cugnet.
Twenty-four beds should be enough to meet the needs for the region in the future, she said.
Randy Weekes, who is the provincial Minister for Rural Health, was also on hand for the ceremony.
"We are very pleased to celebrate this new facility's grand opening," Weekes said. "This is an exciting day for Redvers and area residents who will benefit from this new long-term care addition. It's another example of our commitment to patient and family-centred care, as we continue to improve health care infrastructure in the province."
The provincial government, the Redvers and District Community Health Foundation, and area municipalities invested a total of $13.1 million in the new long-term care addition and renovation.
Cugnet said that the local partners in Redvers and in the neighbouring RMs have been working on securing a new long-term care ward for about 15 years.
"Without the community, we couldn't have accomplished all the great work to get this new facility opened up," said Cugnet.
The provincial government's share is $10.4 million.