Architect says integrating LTC homes with communities helps combat stigma and creates a happier living and working environment for residents and staff
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The new 160-bed Riverview Manor, which will open in 2022, is designed to be a focal point in the local community that will attract people of all ages, break down the negative stigma of long-term care homes and create an atmosphere for happy, “energized” staff members, says architect Matt Galvin.
Galvin, a partner at G architects, the Toronto-based firm OMNI Health Care has tasked to design the home, says the new Riverview Manor’s location on Langton St. in Peterborough’s north end is an optimal location.
The site is nestled into a pleasant suburb on a tree-lined street and near Adam Scott Collegiate, so it’s an ideal spot to attract people, Galvin said during an information session at Riverview on Dec. 12.
Being near the high school will position the new Riverview Manor to attract students seeking to complete volunteer hours, Galvin says. The paths in front of the home are a perfect spot for dog-walkers to stroll, he adds. The courtyard that will be surrounded by the three-storey building will include a sandbox and play area for young children.
G architects largely specializes in designing long-term care homes, and Galvin says he has seen positive results from integrating long-term care residences with communities.
“Why we make an effort to integrate with the community is really to combat stigma,” he says. “There is a negative connotation to long-term care, and that’s unfortunate because long-term care homes are an important part of our health-care system.
“Taking care of our elders is a really important part of our culture and our society, so I am really passionate about trying to combat that stigma and trying to make (long-term care homes) not separate from the community but that are meaningfully integrated into the community.”
Galvin says the trickle-down effect from making a long-term care home that is an intergenerational community hub is that there is a “measurable positive impact on the residents, the families and the staff.”
“That’s important for everyone because happy, energized staff provide better care. It’s all holistic.”
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