Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 16, 2008
Misericordia sight to host continuing care facility
Special to the WCR
Caritas Health Group has launched construction of a new continuing care facility to meet the needs of an aging population in the Edmonton region.
Located on the northeast corner of the Misericordia Community Hospital site, the 150-bed centre will be home to residents who require constant care to manage their complex needs and health conditions.
The new centre supports Capital Health's ongoing efforts to increase capacity for continuing care and help to improve access across the system.
The 124,000-square-foot centre has been designed to adapt to the needs of residents who require specialized care and to accommodate residents with differing needs. Features in the three-storey building include oxygen feeds in all resident rooms and a number of larger rooms suitable for obese residents needing specialized care and equipment.
The layout of the new facility supports a resident-centred approach to care with common areas and green space for residents and family members to enjoy, family dining room for special events and celebrations, and multi-purpose rooms to accommodate a variety of programs and activities for residents.
Funds for the development of the new $43.4-million centre come from the provincial government, Capital Health and Caritas Health Group. The Caritas Hospitals Foundation has committed to raising $3 million for the project.
Construction will be complete December 2009, with residents moving in during spring 2010.
The project is part of Caritas Health Group's Strong Roots, New Shoots plan to grow as a provider of health services to seniors in the region.
Caritas Health Group's long-term plan calls for the development of two continuing care centres in the city over the next decade and to expand the organization's range of services to include assisted living and seniors' housing in the future.