Old Shiretown Nursing Home being demolished next week

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PICTOU – The former Shiretown Nursing Home will come down next week. 

A spokesman from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed Friday that a tender to demolish the Shiretown Nursing Home and the foundation was awarded to Marinus Verhagen Limited.

The work will involve an excavator and dump trucks at the site to haul away the debris. The demolition is expected to start next week, weather permitting, and the target for completion is the end of January. 

The TIR spokesman doesn't expect any of the work to inconvenience staff or visitors to the new Shiretown Home, built behind the former building, or people accessing the Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital.  

In the spring of 2012, Shiretown Nursing Home was replaced with one home behind the former location on Haliburton Road which has 53 beds and a second home in Trenton, Ivey's Terrace, with 36 beds. The facilities follow new provincial design guidelines that feature households built on one level around a central core. The layout reduces traffic, increases privacy and ensures facilities are easily accessible for staff and residents.

The homes also have landscaped outdoor courtyards, living and dining areas, a spiritual room, multi-purpose space and a therapy room.

Both homes deliver 24-hour nursing care as well as medical, nutritional and pharmacy services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and varied social and recreational programs.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: Haliburton Road, Trenton

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