Se­niors Vil­lage on the way to HGMH

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

“The de­vel­op­ment of Shire, through a strong team ap­proach will trans­form Alexan­dria into Eastern On­tario's leader in in­de­pen­dent and af­ford­able se­niors hous­ing, pro­vid­ing the most in­no­va­tive de­signs, ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, and a cul­tural change that em­braces per­son-di­rected health care de­liv­ery.”

That is the prom­ise of the “Shire,” a “vil­lage” that would be built on Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal land, of­fer­ing af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions where res­i­dents can re­main close to health care and still live in­de­pen­dently. In­no­va­tive Hous­ing Al­ter­na­tives Canada, Nurse On Board and Alio Health have an­nounced the start of the de­sign and plan­ning phase of the de­vel­op­ment.

“This re­gion has one of the high­est pop­u­la­tions of se­niors in the prov­ince and very low avail­abil­ity of in­de­pen­dent and as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” says Corey Kalsi, HGMH Board Chair. “For the last eight years, our hospi­tal has been work­ing to­wards achiev­ing a vi­sion of a health hub for our com­mu­nity to ad­dress this is­sue. This part­ner­ship with IHA, Nurse On Board, and Alio Health presents an out­stand­ing op­por­tu­nity to achieve that goal.”

Dur­ing the plan­ning phase, the firms will “en­gage with the se­niors of eastern On­tario to en­sure the health care in­ter­ests and needs re­gard­ing Shire's fu­ture res­i­dents are fully con­sid­ered.”

Over the next few months there will be pre­sen­ta­tions made at var­i­ous open house events that will de­tail the types of hous­ing on of­fer, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­ual homes to apart­ment units, and the op­tions avail­able for ad­di­tional care and sup­port. Plans for a com­mu­nity hub to of­fer a va­ri­ety of on-site ameni­ties, recre­ational and com­mer­cial space will also be pre­sented. The project will in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices that will sup­port hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion and will free up space in the lo­cal hospi­tal for more pa­tient care.

As this project rolls out, Nurse On Board Pres­i­dent Su­san Ha­gar and IHA Canada Pres­i­dent Will Ball will be of­fer­ing up­dates on the project to com­mu­nity mem­bers. Both were on hand for a pre­sen­ta­tion at last Mon­day’s Se­niors Sym­po­sium at the Glen­garry Fu­neral Home, where Ms. Ha­gar an­nounced that the first phase of con­struc­tion would likely see the cre­ation of be­tween 50 and 100 units, though she said the space avail­able has room for 700 units.

Rental units would run be­tween 450 and 850 square feet and could run for any­where from $1,500 to $2,700 a month, de­pend­ing on the size of the suite and ser­vices re­quested.

Nurse On Board is “a pi­o­neer in cus­tom­ized health care man­age­ment, work­ing with pa­tients across the prov­ince to im­prove health out­comes and qual­ity of life. Its highly ex­pe­ri­enced Reg­is­tered nurses as­sist pa­tients in nav­i­gat­ing the frag­mented and of­ten com­pli­cated health care sys­tem. By at­tend­ing med­i­cal ap­point­ments, trans­lat­ing med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, re­search­ing treat­ment op­tions, and fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­mu­nity care, stress is de­creased for pa­tients and fam­i­lies, bring­ing peace of mind to all in­volved.”

Alio Health

Alio Health is a Cana­di­anowned, Ot­tawa-based health care provider “whose mis­sion is to en­hance health care de­liv­ery and pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence by fun­da­men­tally chang­ing the way health care ser­vices are de­liv­ered.”

In­no­va­tive

In­no­va­tive Hous­ing Al­ter­na­tives (IHA) Canada is a group of com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion man­age­ment firms and home health care providers, that part­ner with com­mu­nity health care or­ga­ni­za­tions to create safe and sup­ported neigh­bour­hoods for se­nior liv­ing.

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