Redeveloped OMNI homes will accommodate present and future LTC needs

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

Wider corridors and doorways, greater privacy and more homelike environments are among the major improvements residents and staff will see, says architect

Wider corridors and doorways, greater privacy and more homelike environments – these are among the improved features residents and staff members will first notice once four OMNI Health Care long-term care homes complete their redevelopment in 2022, says Matt Galvin.

Pictured above, Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects.

Galvin, a partner at G architects, a mid-sized Toronto architecture firm that largely specializes in designing long-term care homes, says once redeveloped, Riverview Manor, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa will be state-of-the-art homes that will meet the present and future needs of the residents, staff and communities they serve, while fully complying with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s design requirements.

“People are entering long-term care homes much older and with much greater care needs,” Galvin says.

“The homes, as they were built, aren’t really meeting up to the tasks that are being asked of them today, which is why the province is going through a provincewide renewal of long-term care homes.”

G architects has been commissioned by OMNI to design a new 160-bed home for Riverview Manor in Peterborough. The firm will also be designing renovations to add 35 beds to Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood, 14 beds to Almonte Country Haven in Lanark County and 17 beds to Woodland Villa in Long Sault.

Once redeveloped, these homes will have only one- and two-bed rooms. Doors and halls will be wider to increase accessibility. Turning circles in washrooms will be larger. All these improvements fall in line with new standards set by the ministry.

Another new feature for the homes is that they will 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.

“The whole home model … really creates a much more homelike, residentially scaled living environment, and the main goal is to deinstitutionalize (long-term care homes) and provide a residential environment,” Galvin says.

Technology integration in each of the homes will also be enhanced, he adds. Technology integration, Galvin says, has a “huge capacity to improve the experience of the family, the resident and the staff.”

The new designs will allow for this technology, which will enhance communication, entertainment and care, to flourish, he says.

“For staff, there is a lot of technology coming out that will assist with care: medication dispensing and mobile charting technology,” Galvin says. “These homes will be state-of-the art modern facilities with technology integration.”

Construction is slated to begin on the four homes in autumn 2019 and they will be complete by December 2022.

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