Province [of Manitoba] to Expand Holy Family Home

New Personal-care Facility to Feature 160 Beds, Nine-bed Special Care Unit: Oswald
~ News Release - Manitoba - May 18, 2011

Pictured above, Sister Theresa Slota, SSMI, Provincial Superior, and Manitoba Health Minister, Hon. Theresa Oswald displaying an aerial view of Holy Family Nursing Home, with projected location of the facility’s new wing.

Planning is underway for a new 160-bed, 124,000-square-foot facility at north Winnipeg’s Holy Family Home, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

“The expansion and modernization of Holy Family Home will enhance the excellent elderly care which it has provided for the past half-century,” said Oswald. “It is one of several capital projects that form the basis of the province’s renewed long-term care strategy (LTC), which will add hundreds of personal-care home beds.”

The new building will modernize the Holy Family complex by replacing the 116-bed Building B and provide a net gain of 44 beds. The new facility will also include a secure, nine-bed special care unit as part of an ongoing plan to provide a range of care options for residents with behaviour commonly associated with dementia or acquired brain injury. A nine-bed special care unit also opened this spring at the Taché personal-care home in St. Boniface.

“The expansion at Holy Family Home will help meet the needs of seniors who can no longer live at home,” said Real Cloutier, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “We’re especially pleased to have a safe, secure unit that will assist elderly patients who need special care related to dementia.”

“This $40-million expansion will make a real difference in the lives of Manitoba seniors who have done so much for all for us,” said Oswald. “As Holy Family is a home for residents, we will make every effort to ensure that the construction of this project will minimize disruption for current residents and their families.”

“This announcement reflects a very courageous and forward-looking vision for long-term care for all Manitobans, now and well into the future,” said Don Cilinsky, chair, Holy Family board. “We commend and support the government’s proactive plan to enhance the quality of life for seniors at Holy Family and across the entire province.”

Oswald noted other components of the provincial long-term care strategy to provide a variety of supports for seniors which include:

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Guest speakers, above, L to R: (click image for enlarged view)
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Sisters, residents, HFNH staff and board members and honoured guests listening attentively to the good news.

The 'unveiling' of the project: Theresa Oswald and Sr. Theresa Slota.

Sr. Theresa introduces Theresa Oswald to Sr. Jean Zemliak, SSMI, Prov. Councillor, as guests fill the halls.

Holy Family Home, located at the corner of Aberdeen Avenue and Main Street in north Winnipeg, is a residence for the elderly, providing personal care and related health services. Holy Family Home celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007 and is owned and operated by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI). SSMI is an international congregation of sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, founded over 120 years ago in Western Ukraine.