Dozen new supportive living suites added in Vegreville
August 2, 2012
More local capacity to support seniors with dementia, complex health problems
VEGREVILLE — More local seniors are now able to get the round-the-clock care they need in the community following the opening of 12 new supportive living suites at Heritage House, operated by Points West Living in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS).
The new suites, part of an expansion project completed in June, brings the total number of supportive living suites at the facility to 42. The suites are designed to support adults with disabilities, seniors with complex health problems, and individuals who have mild to moderate cognitive impairment and need assistance with daily personal care needs, such as toileting, medication, hygiene and mobility.
Residents receive on-site care and support from AHS-funded health care aides and licensed practical nurses 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Care planning and registered nurse support are available through AHS Home Care to help seniors remain at Heritage House as their care needs change.
“We are very pleased to have these suites added to the community,” says Sherie Allen, Vice President of AHS Central Zone-North. “They are an excellent addition that will ensure those seniors who require more care and support can receive it close to home.”
Doug Mills, Executive Director with Points West Living, says the new suites surround a large new common area where residents dine, socialize and participate in recreational activities.
“The opening of these new suites expands the range of continuing care options and services available to the community to help seniors remain as healthy and independent as possible,” says Mills. “This kind of assistance is valuable to our seniors, not just in Vegreville but from the wider area as well.”
“The additional capacity will help us meet the community’s growing and changing needs for seniors care for years to come,” adds Valerie Thompson, AHS Area Director for Minburn, Lamont and Two Hills counties.
Heritage House also has 17 independent living suites and one respite bed.
Providing more choice for continuing care, and adding more than 5,300 net new continuing care spaces throughout the province between 2010 and 2015, are among the goals outlined in the 5-Year Health Action Plan, jointly developed by the Government of Alberta and AHS, and supported by the province’s stable, five-year funding.
Since its inception in 2000, Points West Living has become one of Alberta’s leading providers of quality hospitality and care for seniors living in supportive living communities. Points West Living also operates Century Park in Vegreville.
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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