Good Samaritan Linden View adds 105 supportive living spaces
May 26, 2011
Mid-summer opening seen for new facility in Taber
TABER — Seniors living in Taber and the surrounding area will have more choice in living options when Linden View, a new supportive living facility, opens in late July.
For the first time Taber will have a full range of living options for seniors, including home care, supportive living and long-term care.
The new facility will be operated in partnership between the Good Samaritan Society and Alberta Health Services (AHS). The new 105-bed residential facility will provide accommodation for 64 people who need supportive living and 36 who live with dementia. An additional five beds will be reserved for those who need palliative care, respite or convalescence.
Supportive Living Level 4 provides residents with a home-like environment that promotes privacy and independence, along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing licensed practical nurses and health care aides are onsite, and on-call Home Care registered nurses are available.
“This is great news for the community,” says Broyce Jacobs, MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner. “Supportive living provides a model of care much needed in the community. It provides the right mix of independence and support desired by seniors today.”
In a 2008 survey by Alberta Seniors and Community Supports, 90 per cent of Albertans said they wish to remain in their own homes in their senior years. Often called “aging in place,” this principle is a major cornerstone of nearly all senior-related planning. This philosophy — based on patient needs — has become a key foundation for the AHS continuing care growth plan.
When it’s no longer safe for a senior to remain in their own home, however, supportive living provides a homelike alternative that continues to promote their independence.
“This new facility gives more options for Taber and area seniors,” says Grant Walker, Vice-President of AHS South Zone. “We have planned carefully in terms of determining the number of beds and expect the additional capacity will allow for the expected future growth of the population of seniors in the South Zone.”
The Good Samaritan Society currently operates supportive living facilities in Lethbridge, Cardston Pincher Creek, Magrath and Raymond.
“The Good Samaritan Society is excited about the upcoming opening and looks forward to being of service to the residents of Taber and surrounding community,” adds Carla Gregor, President and CEO of the Good Samaritan Society.
AHS will retain long-term care at the Taber Health Centre after Linden View opens. Home care registered nurses, in collaboration with residents, families and health centre staff, will complete careful assessments of clients in the Taber Health Centre to determine their care needs. Only after that assessment is a determination made on placement. Those seniors assessed for long-term care will remain at the Taber Health Centre.
AHS will continue to monitor resident assessment trends and population figures to determine the right number of long-term care beds to address local needs.
Total cost for the Linden View supportive living project is $23.7 million. Alberta Seniors and Community Supports contributed $4.75 million through the Rural Affordable Supportive Living program.
The Government of Alberta and AHS are committed to adding more than 5,300 continuing care spaces by 2015 and to build a strong, sustainable continuing care system with a range of services to meet the needs of Albertans.
The Good Samaritan Society has 60 years of experience in providing complex, continuing care, assisted living and other specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments. They are one of the largest not-for-profit, voluntary care providers in Alberta and British Columbia.
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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