Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 25, 2002
St. Michael's Manor opens
By RENATO GANDIA
WCR Staff Writer
St. Michael's Health Group inaugurated its 55-suite supportive housing facility for senior citizens in Vegreville, Nov. 13.
Called St. Michael's Manor, the facility was constructed in October with a $1.5-million grant from Alberta Seniors.
This one-level facility that offers a social model of care allows residents to age in place with services being made available to them as they require.
But to be admitted at St. Michael's, one must be perfectly independent, underlined Wendy Solano, the health group's director of business development.
"We were approached by the community which said there was a need for a support housing facility in Vegreville: That's why we built this here."
Most residents are seniors, but physically and mentally challenged adults are also accepted. There is also a facility for respite clients - clients released from acute care who are not ready to go home yet.
Residents pay an accommodation fee which includes access to health care amenities such as regular health assessment and monitoring on a 24-hour basis, emergency response and management of medical emergencies.
There are also recreation and social activities for the residents.
Other amenities include weekly housekeeping, an evening meal, daily snacks and beverages, supine bathroom and complete kitchenette in each suite.
The facility now has 14 residents but more are moving in by the month end. It also has one respite client and can accommodate one more.
"Our facility is ecumenical." Solano told the WCR. Celebrations of different churches are permitted in the building.
For more information, call (780) 472-4791.