Points West Living Red Deer is located at 6950 Taylor Dr in Red Deer’s northwest. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Points West Living Red Deer is located at 6950 Taylor Dr in Red Deer’s northwest. (File photo by Advocate staff)

150 continuing care spaces open in Red Deer

Residents started moving in earlier this month

Points West Living Red Deer has opened 150 new care spaces for seniors.

Located adjacent to Points West Living’s existing facility on Taylor Drive, the new site includes: 45 long-term care spaces for seniors living with chronic health problems that require the oversight of a registered nurse 24-hours a day and 90 supportive living spaces for seniors who can live independently, but require publicly funded personal care and health services based on assessed unmet needs. A third of the beds also offer dementia care.

The site also offers 15 transitional care beds for people discharged from hospital, but still need time and support before returning home to live independently, or returning to a designated living residence.

The new building represents the second and final phase of project construction, which began in November 2019. Residents started moving into the new facility earlier this month.

Phase 1 opened in 2016 and includes 114 supportive living spaces.

“Adding these living spaces addresses the need for more continuing care beds, freeing capacity in the health-care system and providing appropriate support to allow seniors to thrive as they age in place,” said Lori Sparrow, senior operating officer for community and seniors health in Alberta Health Services Central zone.

The facility offers 24-hour monitoring, emergency response, security, meals, housekeeping and social-enrichment activities. On-site nursing professionals and health-care aides support residents requiring assistance with daily living, including personal care.

SE Health, contracted by AHS, will provide care, including specialized dementia care, independent living and 24-hour, on-site support for individuals with complex health needs.

“Together with our partners, we look forward to sharing our passion for caring and helping people to realize their most meaningful goals for health and well-being,” said Shirlee Sharkey, CEO of SE Health.

Red Deer North MLA Adriana LaGrange said the new facility is welcome news for families who live in Red Deer and the surrounding areas.

“Although this project was privately funded, these new beds align with our government’s goal of providing the health-care services that Albertans need close to where they live,” LaGrange said.

“Our care and service team is excited to continue providing quality service to the Red Deer community and we are grateful for our great partnership with AHS, sharing our commitment to building resident-centred communities,” said Linda Revell, CEO of Points West Living and Connecting Care.

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