EDITORIAL: Redeveloped homes will help OMNI better serve local communities

This spring, OMNI Health Care was awarded funding from the province to build a new Riverview Manor and renovate three of its other long-term care homes – Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa. Construction on the four projects will start in fall 2019 and will be completed by December 2022.

What’s especially exciting about these announcements – and welcomed by OMNI Health Care – is the fact that the four redevelopment projects will also help the smaller communities these homes serve.

The majority of OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes are in small towns and villages. OMNI has always valued the fact that most of its homes are small and located in rural communities because having such homes creates a cozy environment for residents to live and staff members to work.

Having homes in these towns and villages also means people who have lived in these communities don’t have to move to larger centres, should they require long-term care.

The funding announcements included a combined 102 additional beds to the four homes. The new Riverview Manor in Peterborough will have 160 beds, 36 more than it currently has. Almonte Country Haven, located in Mississippi Mills, will be increased from 82 beds to 96. In Norwood, Pleasant Meadow Manor will see an increase from 61 to 96 beds. Woodland Villa in Long Sault will go from 111 beds to 128.

But the renovations will provide more than just an increased number of beds.

Hallways and doors will be wider, and three- and four-bed wards will be replaced with rooms with no more than two beds. Once complete, these homes will also be divided into neighbourhoods, housing groups of up to 32 people. As a result, residents will be sharing dining, bathing and other common areas with fewer people to enhance their living experience.

To put it another way, the future of long-term care will be coming to these four homes. It’s a future that will help ensure that the people who built these communities have access to the care they need with the amenities they require to have the best quality of life possible.

It’s a future OMNI is excited about.