Architects consulting with residents, staff, community stakeholders ahead of redevelopment of 4 OMNI homes

Architects from G architects, pictured above, will be working on designs for four OMNI long-term care homes.

‘We understand that there is a lot of great work being done in these buildings, and we can’t assume that there are not lessons to be learned from the residents, staff, families and health-care stakeholders about each community’s unique needs’

G architects, the Toronto architecture firm commissioned by OMNI Health Care to design a new Riverview Manor and expansions for Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa, will be consulting with residents, families, staff and community stakeholders before construction begins on the projects in autumn 2019.

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects, says understanding the needs of key stakeholders is important to the design process.

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects.

“We understand that there is a lot of great work being done in these buildings, and we can’t assume that there are not lessons to be learned from the residents, staff, families and health-care stakeholders about each community’s unique needs,” he tells The OMNIway.

Galvin says much of the discussions will centre on contemporary long-term-care home design to help people understand what is flexible with respect to design and what isn’t.

Designs, he adds, must adhere to guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“We want to listen and hear about where we can be flexible; where we can be flexible in the optional components of the design,” Galvin says. “We want to make sure we are tailoring that to the best needs of each community.”

The consultations will start with a broad information workshop with residents, families, staff and community stakeholders, such as physicians, social service providers and Local Health Integration Networks. There will also be follow-up meetings.

“We will be coming back after the initial visioning and information session,” Galvin says. “The design process on these homes will be the better part of a year, so we will be coming back at a couple of key milestones to show the progress to stakeholders and get feedback.”

The Ontario government recently announced that the four OMNI homes were among those selected for redevelopment funding for this fiscal year. Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood has been approved for an additional 35 beds, Almonte Country Haven in Lanark County will be adding 14 beds and a 17-bed addition will be made to Woodland Villa in Long Sault. Funding has also been approved to build a new 160-bed Riverview Manor in Peterborough.

Construction on these projects is expected to be complete by December 2022.

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