Ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for Se­niors' Lodge in Cole­man

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Prairies - BY HEATHER CAMERON

On Oc­to­ber 5, ground in Cole­man was bro­ken for a new se­niors' lodge.

“Our gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing in safe and af­ford­able hous­ing for se­niors across the prov­ince,” said Jen­nifer Burgess, Press Sec­re­tary for the fed­eral Of­fice of the Min­is­ter for Se­niors and Hous­ing and the Of­fice of the Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture.

Burgess said that the orig­i­nal lodge in Cole­man was built nearly 40 years ago and was no longer meet­ing the needs of its res­i­dents.

An ex­am­ple of this, Burgess said, was the old lodge’s res­i­dents had chal­lenges mov­ing around the ar­eas of the lodge build­ing, their suites and bath­rooms even with the help of mo­bil­ity aids.

Cur­rently slated to be com­pleted and deemed liv­able by Fall 2020, Burgess says that the new, three-storey lodge lo­cated at 8633, 22nd Av­enue will have 85 units with 61 sup­ported liv­ing units that in­clude meal, house­keep­ing and laun­dry ser­vices, and two, one-storey wings that will house 24 sup­ported liv­ing units for de­men­tia care.

Burgess said that the lodge will also fea­ture a com­mer­cial kitchen, din­ing area, ad­min­is­tra­tive area, com­mer­cial laun­dry and ar­eas for on­go­ing pro­grams. The suites will be larger and ac­ces­si­ble.

The build­ing will be built to Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign (LEED) Sil­ver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

“We are mak­ing life bet­ter for se­niors in Crowsnest Pass by keep­ing them close to their fam­i­lies and con­nected to their com­mu­ni­ties.” added Lori Sig­urd­son, Min­is­ter of Se­niors and Hous­ing for the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta.

In terms of fund­ing, Burgess ex­plained that the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta and the Gov­ern­ment of Canada pro­vided a com­bined $17.17 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of the lodge.

Burgess adds that the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta is also pro­vid­ing $6.48 mil­lion through the Al­berta Sup­port­ive Liv­ing Ini­tia­tive (ASLI) to build 24 units of des­ig­nated sup­port­ive liv­ing for de­men­tia care.

“Our gov­ern­ment has se­niors’ backs,” Sig­urd­son said. “We are on their side. This in­vest­ment is part of our prom­ise to en­sure that se­niors have ac­cess to af­ford­able and sup­port­ive hous­ing. This project trans­forms our prom­ise into a re­al­ity.”

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