The redeveloped Pleasant Meadow will meet needs of future generations of residents: administrator

Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects, shows residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor what their home will look like after redevelopment is complete.

Amenities, such as a therapy gym, a hair salon and more space, will match needs of baby boomers when redevelopment project is completed in 2022

NORWOOD, Ont. – With added features that include a therapy gym, a hair salon and significantly more space, Pleasant Meadow Manor will be able to meet the needs of future generations of residents when its redevelopment project is complete by December 2022, says administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker.

Sandra notes that the baby boomers will make up the majority of long-term care residents in the coming years, and this is a generation that deeply values healthy lifestyles and privacy, so having these new amenities will allow the Norwood long-term care home to continue to deliver high quality of life to residents.

During a Jan. 9 presentation from G architects, the Toronto-based firm that has designed the redevelopment project, residents and staff members were shown what the new design will look like and the new amenities were explained. The response from residents and staff was unanimously positive.

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. The new design will eliminate 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.

The redeveloped Pleasant Meadow Manor will also be divided into three “neighbourhoods” housing 32 residents each. Each neighbourhood will have its own dining area, bathing room and common areas.

“(The new design) is reaching people’s lifestyles today,” Sandra tells The OMNIway. “People today make time for exercise, they make time for quiet time, whether it’s meditation or yoga, and (the additions to the home) will accommodate that.”

When long-term care homes were built in the 1960s and 1970s, they were designed with the needs of the staff members in mind, Sandra says. Today, homes are built with the needs of the residents top of mind, and that’s the way it should be, she adds.

“We are more geared towards holistic care now,” Sandra says. “The new design, the new amenities, the new spaces will certainly match the residents’ bill of rights that’s currently in place.”

Pleasant Meadow Manor is one of four OMNI Health Care long-term care homes that was approved for redevelopment funding by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care last spring (the others are Riverview Manor, Woodland Villa and Almonte Country Haven).

The Pleasant Meadow Manor redevelopment project is scheduled to begin this fall.

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