New doors

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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

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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...

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