Friday, 19 May 2017 13:19

Planned renovations moving forward in Leader

Written by  Cypress Health Region
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The Cypress Health Region is moving forward with improvements and renovations at the Western Senior Citizens Home. 


The improvements include painting, flooring, lighting, handrails, ceiling lifts in the rooms, and the installation of three kitchenettes.  The renovations, which are expected to start May 30th, 2017, are in conjunction with the broader integrated facility construction project that is currently underway.

The kitchenettes will provide for an enhanced home-like environment, adding to the many positive aspects of resident care currently in place at the facility.  Transitioning from institutional models of long-term care to a home-like, resident-centred model has been an ongoing effort across the Cypress Health Region. This transition has proven to be very beneficial, resulting in improved resident outcomes and increased resident satisfaction.

“Creating a home-like environment is very important.  The home-like model we are working towards in Leader will be unique to their community and will work around the existing facility’s structure, but our ultimate goalremains the same as our other long-term care facilities.  That is to improve the quality of life that residents enjoy and toenhance the overall care that they receive,” commented Brenda Schwan, Vice President Continuing Care and Capital Project Lead for the Cypress Health Region.  “Creating quieter living spaces, implementing more meaningful activities, and allowing residents to make their own choices are all benefits of the small house model.  We look forward to seeing improvements in the quality of life that our residents live as a result of incorporating this model into the Western Senior Citizens Home.”

Health Region representatives joined municipal councils, residents and families from the Western Senior Citizens Home, and the local Ladies Auxiliary on May 8 to discuss the renovations and related enhancements to the facility.  The Region appreciated the input and feedback received from engaged stakeholders.  Concerns and potential challenges were noted.

The Region reviewed the feedback provided at the meeting and progress made by the architect and contractor.  All of this was considered together with input gained through collaborative planning and preliminary work on the integrated facility project, and the decision was made to continue with the proposed enhancements.

“We truly appreciate and acknowledge the feedback that we received.  We continue to be committed to this project and its many benefits.  We are excited to continue working with our staff, residents, and families in implementing this new model which will include the use of the three new kitchenettes within the facility,” added Schwan.

Conceptual drawings of the kitchenette have recently been completed by aodbt Architecture + Interior Design and are pictured below.

The Region understands and appreciates that residents are interested in having more information on the improvement plans.  Strategies are being reviewed on how best to create opportunities for staff, residents, and families to receive additional information and to become more familiar with the home-like model of care.  More details will be shared on these opportunities for feedback in the very near future.

For more information on the Leader integrated facility project and the renovations/enhancements to the existing Western Senior Citizens Home, please visit 

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