Seniors Village on the way to HGMH
“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 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 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.