Project to Include New, 10-bed Special Care Unit for Residents with Behaviour Challenges: Ministers
~ News Release - Manitoba - October 30, 2015

The Manitoba government is moving forward with the tendering process for a new 157-bed, four-storey addition to Holy Family Home at Main Street and Redwood Avenue in Winnipeg, Health Minister Sharon Blady and Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers announced today.

“I’m pleased we’re moving forward on our commitment to provide new personal care home spaces for those who need higher levels of care and we expect the tender to be released in the coming weeks,”said Minister Blady. “This new addition includes a secure, 10-bed special care unit to provide care options for residents with behaviour issues associated with dementia to ensure they get the safe, quality care they need.”

The new structure will be linked to the existing Holy Family Home complex and will include seven 21-bed units, each with its own dining, activity, bathing, lounging and staff support areas. These living areas are designed to accommodate the needs of the residents while maintaining a home-like atmosphere. In addition, there will be a 10-bed special care unit, which will be self-contained on the ground level and will include a secure outdoor courtyard.

The new building on the site at Main Street and Redwood Avenue will replace the 116-bed Building B and provide an additional 41 beds, for a total of 317 residents.

“This expansion is an important step toward improving patient flow: the way patients, clients and residents move through our health system,” said Gina Trinidad, chief operating officer of long-term care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “The inclusion of these specialized beds will help the long-term care program to accommodate more clients who need complex care.”

The project will total approximately 153,600 square feet with four floors of rooms, and 46,600 square feet of outdoor space for residents, Minister Blady noted, adding that following sustainable green building design and LEED Silver designation, the facility will include geothermal energy and comply with Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Program.

“The announcement today reflects a forward-looking vision for long-term care for all Manitobans, now and well into the future,” said Jean Piché, chief executive officer, Holy Family Home. “We are very grateful to be a part of the Manitoba government’s vision, and we commend and support the proactive plan to enhance the quality of life for seniors, here at Holy Family Home and across the entire province.”

The ministers noted this capital project is the first of several that form part of the province’s Advancing Continuing Care – a Blueprint to Support System Change, which includes a need to increase personal care home capacity. It also supports the recommendations of the Frank Alexander inquest report, which called for additional specialized care capacity.

“We know that people in personal care homes need access to the care that will best meet their needs,” said Minister Crothers. “Investing in modern facilities that meet high standards of care supports Manitoba families and their loved ones when they are most vulnerable.”

Holy Family Home was established in 1957 and is owned by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. The non-profit facility is currently home to 276 residents and provides health-care services specializing in meeting the physical, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the community.

In addition, the home extends services into the community such as respite care, seniors housing and an adult day program.