As many of you already know, we had our official sod turning for the new personal care home in November of 2011 at our annual Gala. We now wait in eager anticipation for the Spring 2013 opening of our new facility!
￼The new 80 resident personal care home will be situated on the Niverville Heritage Centre campus located at 100 Heritage Trail in Niverville, Manitoba. The existing Heritage Centre and the new personal care home will be connected via a public link that will provide convenient access between the two facilities as well access to our event centre. In addition to improved accessibility, we are pleased to also offer a hair salon that will be open to the public as well as a Bistro that will serve traditional “pub grub” and beverages and will be open to the public as well as people employed at the centre.
The new personal care home, while located in Niverville, is an exceptional opportunity for the region. It will expand the existing 42 resident facility in St. Adolphe by 38 residents to 80 residents. This will provide many personal care residents throughout the region the opportunity to move back to their community of choice including several from our own community currently residing in other places.
The new facility will complete the “aging in place” concept already begun with Niverville Credit Union Manor, a 36 resident Assisted Living and Supportive Care residence for seniors and persons with disabilities. Aging in place refers to the model of providing appropriate housing as people’s needs change. They include:
Independent Community Living > Assisted Living > Supportive Care > Personal Care > Special Care
The Special Care Unit is the first of its kind in the south east meeting a growing need for individuals that would otherwise have to leave the region for care The Special Care Unit (SCU) will provide comprehensive assessment and appropriate care for people with behavioural and mental health challenges. It will be located on the 2nd level of the PCH.
We are very pleased that Manitoba Health has taken a great interest in our project. Their agreement to provide operational dollars for the project has made it possible to move the project forward. This includes additional staff dollars to properly care for residents in the Special Care Unit. They have recognized and communicated that this new project is simply “the right thing to do”. Together we will be creating a centre of excellence that will serve as a model to other rural personal care homes.
The Niverville Heritage Centre Project believes in partnerships and there are many people to thank that have contributed greatly to making this project a reality. None more than Alex and Steve Fast of Von Ast Construction and the Town of Niverville. Von Ast’s tireless effort towards maintaining an affordable construction budget coupled with infrastructure and administrative support from the Town of Niverville, established our contract price a minimum 25% below market price. These efforts are what will make a very tight financial plan, sustainable. The project has provided meaningful employment and work for many of our local trades and contractors. The new facility will also provide an additional 35 employment opportunities over and above those currently offered at our St. Adolphe facility.
Civic leadership, leadership from our community of faith, leadership from our business community, generous donations from more than 300 families and businesses equally more than $2,000,000 is what makes this project special and an example to other communities.
On a final note, is that once the transition and relocation of the residents to the new facility is complete, Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. will redevelop the old site personal care home site in St. Adolphe into seniors housing. Meetings are already taking place to determine what components will become part of that project. This project has truly created a win/win situation for communities in our region but most importantly it will address a growing need for housing for seniors and persons with disabilities in a caring and compassionate environment.