Extendicare Michener Hill opens in Red Deer
September 27, 2010
Living options increased, 65 additional beds opened for Red Deer seniors
RED DEER – A new 280-bed continuing care facility that will help meet Red Deer’s growing and changing needs for seniors care and housing services was officially opened today by Alberta Health Services, in partnership with Extendicare.
The new Extendicare Michener Hill will add 65 net-new continuing spaces to the community, and replaces two aging facilities – the Red Deer Nursing Home (99 beds) and Valley Park Manor (116 beds). Residents began moving into the new facility earlier this month.
“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing seniors with more options to address their individual needs as they age,” said Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Health and Wellness. “This new facility provides seniors with additional choices and also expands the number of continuing care spaces in Red Deer.”
The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services have set a goal to support seniors and adults with disabilities to remain as healthy, active, and independent as possible. Extendicare Michener Hill is part of a provincewide plan to ensure Albertans have access to the right care in the right place.
Over the next year, Alberta Health Services, working with the Government of Alberta, will add more than 1,100 continuing care beds. Within three years, capacity across the province will increase by more than 3,000 beds. These spaces are in addition to the more than 19,500 continuing care spaces currently in Alberta.
“Together, we are working to ensure that Albertans are able to access the continuing care services and accommodations they need to remain safe and healthy and to age with dignity,” said Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Seniors and Community Supports.
In addition to the added capacity provided by Extendicare Michener Hill, another 100-bed continuing care facility was also recently approved for Red Deer, funded by the province’s Affordable Supportive Living Initiative and Alberta Capital Bonds.
“By partnering with organizations such as Extendicare, we are building an integrated and innovative range of services and accommodations for seniors and adults with disabilities,” said Ken Hughes, Board Chair, Alberta Health Services.
Extendicare Michener Hill has been designed as a campus of care, comprised of households, including a central village area that offers amenities and services to all residents.
“We are very excited about this new venture,” said Karren Pack, Acting Administrator for Extendicare Michener Hill. “We are committed to providing resident-focused quality care and support.”
Extendicare (Canada) Inc. was founded in Canada in 1968 and remains owned and operated by Canadians. It is one of the largest providers of long-term care in Canada with a total of 82 nursing and retirement centres and capacity for just over 11,000 beds. It also provides home health care and corporate wellness services through ParaMed Home Health Care. For more information about Extendicare, please visit www.extendicare.com.
Alberta Health Services is working with the Government of Alberta and partners such as Extendicare to build facilities across the province, and to provide accessible, sustainable, quality health care for all Albertans. Nearly $5 billion in provincial funding is invested in more than 1,000 health care-related infrastructure projects that are currently in various stages of completion across the province.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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