NEW GLASGOW – Lisa Smith, administrator with Glen Haven Manor, says residents, their family and staff will be involved with the process of planning for a new facility.
While in power, the NDP government announced they would replace more than 700 long-term care beds.
Glen Haven Manor was the only Pictou County seniors home receiving upgrades.
“We have been told we’ll have input all the way. We’ll be part of the decision-making process and it’s very important to us too that our residents, family and staff have input when they can as well. That’s very critical to us. We’re so excited about this opportunity we want to get it right the first time,” Smith said.
Although the promise came before the Liberal government was in power, Smith says she’s not concerned that anything could change.
“It’s a Department of Health and Wellness commitment to us. I can’t comment politically on what could happen, but our understanding is that doesn’t change anything.”
They were one of the facilities chosen to begin the planning in 2014 as part of the first phase. Although they’re only in the preliminary stages right now, they know they want to stay in this district.
“We’re already starting to do some work. We’re looking forward to the process and the next steps along that road,” Henderson Paris, chair of the board for Glen Haven Manor, said.
They’re heading out on a road trip in November to make comparisons with new facilities to help decide what the new Glen Haven Manor should include.
Smith says there are many other facilities across the province that are older and are facing more challenges, but she’s excited they were selected. They’re facing many difficulties themselves, including some bathrooms that aren’t large enough to accommodate a walker.
“It’s exciting that our staff will have the ability to provide care with the equipment that we need and those basics, like being able to get into a bathroom or residents being able to have private rooms.”
Glen Haven Manor was last renovated in 1991. The 202-bed facility was built in 1969 and had an extension added in 1975.
A 20-unit enriched housing complex that contracts services from Glen Haven is also attached to the building.
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