Excitement builds as construction begins on home expansion
NORWOOD, Ont. – The shovels are in the ground, the work is underway and Pleasant Meadow Manor residents and staff members could not be happier as they look forward to the completion of the redevelopment project that will increase the size of the Norwood long-term care home by 34,000 square feet.
Standing on the south side of Pleasant Meadow Manor on Nov. 16 after a ground-breaking ceremony, administrator Sandra Tucker points to a mound of soil that has resulted from land being cleared for construction.
“That mound was built today, and that’s how fast it can go,” she tells The OMNIway. “I’m excited, I’m really excited about the whole works.”
Some residents have found entertainment value in the project, and they have been watching construction unfold from windows at the rear of the home, Sandra says.
“The residents come up to the windows or come out to the yard to watch,” she says.
Once redeveloped, Pleasant Meadow Manor will have a two-storey addition on the south side of the existing 61-bed home that will house 35 more residents. Residents will live in three spacious neighbourhoods, each housing dining, lounge and activity spaces.
Pleasant Meadow Manor’s new design will also accommodate a courtyard, gardens and outdoor space, and include a whole-home gathering area and chapel space.
The new design will enhance privacy by eliminating three- and four-bed rooms. Once complete, 60 per cent of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s rooms will be private and 40 per cent semi-private.
Having more space in their home is what residents are looking forward to most, Sandra says.
“They’re looking forward to the new rooms and having no more than two to a room,” she says.
The Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project is slated to be complete by December 2022.
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