7:30 a.m., April 24)
Dementia care residence undergoes $5M makeover
By Fred Sherwin
Senior Living founder and CEO Lisa Brush helps
Moments Manor Orleans resident Frances Rogan
cut the ribbon during the manor's official
grand opening on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
been a little over a year since Symphony Senior Living
purchased the St. Joseph Manor retirement residence from
that time, the dementia and Alzheimers care facility has
undergone a complete transformation.
has invested $5 million to completely renovate both the
building and the programming and on Thursday they showed
off the changes to more than 200 invited guests during
their official grand opening.
her openign remarks, Symphony Senior Living's founder
and CEO Lisa Brush spoke about visiting the former St.
Joseph Manor for the first time and why she decided to
we first visited I was floored by the condition of the
property. I mean I hadn't seen anything like it since
the very, very old nursing homes of the 60s and 70s,"
was very depressing, but I knew Symphony could make this
into something we could be proud of and I wanted to do
it for the residents who were here, so it really was a
labour of love."
is the old chain link fence security fence which used
to completely surround the building and make visitors
feel like they were walking into a maximum security institution.
The linoleum tiles have been replaced by wall-to-wall
carpeting and the hospital quality food has been replaced
by a menu that is both nutritious and delicious.
you walk into the building you are immediately struck
by the casual trappings of the main foyer and a large
door leading to the crown centrepiece of the Manor, a
wonderful chapel with a high-vautled, wood beam ceiling
and beautiful stainglass ceilings.
the renovations, you had to enter the chapel through a
hallway as if it was hidden away. Symphony has opened
up the space and made it immediately accessible from the
main foyer. They've also expanded the chapel, adding a
bistro area to the back, making it a multi-functional
bistro is incredibly welcoming with a small modern kitchenette
to the side, several extremely comfortable large sofas
and chairs, a fireplace and a large screen television.
It's perfect for residents looking for a quiet space to
spend some time, or families looking for a larger space
to meet their loved ones.
you turn at Moments Manor you see quality and class. Each
of the upper floors has a modern kitchen area as their
focal point where residents can participate in stimulating
activites such as baking bread and cookies, or preparing
small meals with staff specially trained in caring for
residents with Alzheimers and various stages of dementia.
Senior Living is one of the leading providers of residential
care for seniors with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia
in North America. Their Moments Neighbourhood progam is
specifically geared for residents and families faced with
this type of mental illness.
Moments Neighbourhood program enables residents to live
"in the moment" through stimulating activities
ranging from sing-a-longs and baking bread to simply folding
socks, or spending time trying on costume jewelry at an
antique armoire. They even have a nursery where female
residents can reconnect to one of the fondest periods
of their lives.
also a resident cat for residents to interact with and
they are in the process of adopting a specially-trained
dog which will be kept on the main floor for the residents'
most important of all is the food. Chef Henry takes personal
pride in putting together a menu that is both nutritious
and delicious, right down to the purees which are made
every day with the freshest of ingredients.
staff, or resident specialists, are all professionally
trained to care for residents suffering from Alzheimers
and dementia, and their staff-to-resident ratio is among
the highest anywhere. While the Moments Manor Neighbourhood
program is important, it's the dedicated resident specialists
who are charged with ensuring both the residents and their
families are kept fully engaged. In other words it's about
creating and enjoying special moments.
man responsible is general manager Dan Hepburn, who is
understandably enthusiastic about the Manor's makeover.
been a lot of time and a lot of work on the part of a
lot of dedicated people, but we're very proud of the results
and we hope the community will be proud of it as well,"
Moments Manor Orléans is located at 1510 St. Joseph
Blvd. about three kilometres west of Jeanne d'Arc. You
can visit their website at http://www.symphonyseniorliving.com/moments-manor.php.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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