When the Hon. John Yaremko, Minster of Family Services for Ontario, cut the ceremonial ribbon at the official opening of the Maxville Manor in 1968, the building’s main entrance doors were state- of- the- art with the accepted best practices of the day.
Last Fall a project to upgrade the long-term care residence’s main entrance was completed, and today, residents, families, visitors and staff are greeted by much wider floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors and a new, larger vestibule.
“This is excellent, the way it opens,” says Dorothy Asselstine, who with her husband, Dean, have been resi- dents at the Maxville Manor for the last six years.
“My husband is in a large powered chair and the way it was before with the division of the handrail, it made it difficult for people getting in,” says Mrs. Asselstine.
Another improvement is the increased light the new 20-foot wide entrance and expanded vestibule allows into the building’s indoor courtyard, the large cathedral ceilinged communal space where residents and visitors enjoy sitting in a welcoming atmosphere.
“We consider our courtyard a bit of a showpiece and everyone likes to gather here,” says Foundation Chair Ian Coleman. “The extension of the vestibule makes the area
GRAND OPENING: Maxville Manor Foundation Chair Ian Coleman takes the arm of resident Dorothy Asselstine as they stand in the expanded vestibule of the facility’s new main entrance doors. The project is the first of many major renovations coming soon to...