Once completed, the new Village Green will benefit residents, staff and the community, says administrator Linda Pierce
The Ontario government announced Nov. 20 that approval has been granted to build a new 128-bed Village Green in Greater Napanee, a move the home’s administrator, Linda Pierce, says will benefit residents, staff members and the community.
Once completed, the new Village Green will have an additional 62 beds, nearly twice as many as the current home, which has 66.
“We are really excited about it,” Pierce tells The OMNIway. “This is such a complement to everybody: the team, the community (and) the people we serve.”
While there is no confirmation on when construction on the new Village Green will start or be completed, Pierce says a tentative site for the home is being considered on the west side of Lennox and Addington County Road 41.
Once completed, the rebuilt Village Green will be a Class A long-term care home with modern amenities, such as wider hallways and more home-like dining areas, and privacy will be enhanced by limiting all rooms to no more than one or two beds.
Pierce says eliminating three- and four-bed wards is crucial to ensuring high quality of life for people living in long-term care homes because lack of privacy can agitate residents.
By limiting rooms to no more than two beds, Pierce says residents will have increased privacy and a more home-like living experience.
“From bathing to dining experiences, everything will be enhanced,” Pierce says.
“Everything, in my opinion, will be more favourable to resident care and to the quality of life of the resident and the quality of life of the worker.”
Pierce also says the redeveloped Village Green will be a community asset because the additional 62 beds will help minimize waiting times for people in the region requiring long-term care.
Village Green is the latest OMNI Health Care long-term care home to receive approval for redevelopment. In 2018, approval was granted to build a new 160-bed Riverview Manor in Peterborough. The province recently announced approval for an additional 32 beds to be added to Riverview Manor, bringing the total to 192 beds.
Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven, Woodland Villa and Country Terrace received approvals in 2018 for redevelopment projects to expand those homes.
Construction has started on the expansions to Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa.
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