Feels Like Home - Phase Three

Feels Like Home - Phase Three

Thanks to you, we have raised $631,059 towards our $1.5 million goal for the Feels Like Home enhancement project of the Golden Eagle View long-term care unit at the Canmore General Hospital. This project’s objective is to make residents and their families feel like they are walking into their own homes, not into a hospital. We wish to create an environment of calm and peace and one that invites guests to stay and visit. 

When you donate, you are helping Canmore build a home away from home for long-term care residents. 

This year, we are asking you to support renovations to residents’ rooms, to create a more homelike environment. The doorways will be individualized to simulate an entrance to the home, and the furnishings and décor will be based on the most recent research on dementia care and support for the frail older adult. Each room will be decorated differently and, with an emphasis on including the residents’ personal items in their rooms, this will increase the feeling that this is home. Safety and comfort in the setting will be a priority. The room will be soft colours. The flooring will have no contrasting features, to minimize the incidence of falls. The lighting will be diffused to decrease the stimulation and promote calm. Beds and furnishings will be homelike rather than institutional, with opportunity to include personal touches to foster reminiscence. Access to outside space and opportunity to wander safely will be a priority. 

Carol Duncan, Site Manager at the hospital, is a driving force behind this project. “Living well with dementia and living safely as a frail older adult is something that is very important for us at Golden Eagle View. We are so grateful for the community support to achieve our goals for person-centered care.”


Feels Like Home Project Costs

 
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The late Don Garen, husband of one of the long-term residents at Golden Eagle View, shared: 

“As a daily visitor to the long-term care unit, I can visualize the improvements this project will make to the day-to-day living of the residents…. The new plan will also bring a more homey feel to the place, while maintaining the necessary functionality. If the whole project goes forward as hoped, there will be more shared spaces for residents and their visitors to spend time outside their rooms. The renovations and new elements will bring positive changes making a real difference to the lives of residents and visiting family members alike.” 

What’s the scope of this project? 225 residents have called Golden Eagle View home since May 26, 1999. You are the critical part of the impact we’ve made – and must sustain and grow. 

Please consider making a gift to the Feels Like Home enhancement project. Help us build a home away from home for our long-term residents. 

My sincerest wishes for your health and happiness during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Soulafa Al-Abbasi

Executive Director, Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation 


Feels Like Home - Phase Two

Last year, our community answered the call to start raising money for the Feels Like Home enhancement project of Golden Eagle View. Enhancing this long-term care unit at the Canmore General Hospital is improving quality of life for residents and family members.

One of our first purchases was new dining room furniture for the residents at Golden Eagle View. This improvement has received some great reviews, as the dining room is the social hub of the unit. It is the place where residents gather for many therapeutic and social activities, such as sharing a meal, or visiting with family.

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“Excellent upgrade to the furniture in the dining room. The institutional look is now gone. The tables are higher and can better accommodate manual wheelchairs for Golden Eagle View residents.”

Jim E., family member of a resident

“The new furniture looks great, and I sense a feeling of pride in the new look and feel in the residents I talked to about the changes” 

Leslie S., family member of a resident

Thanks to you, we have raised nearly $450,000 of our $1.5 million goal.

Now we are asking you to support the front entrance area. It is the first thing you see and feel when you walk into the unit.

Our vision is to open up the unit desk area and create a welcoming space – much like our in own homes. We want our residents and families to feel like they are walking into a home, not a hospital. We are developing an environment of calm and peace and one that invites you to stay and visit.

We would like to move away from this:

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To something more inviting for residents and families:

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You are the critical part of the impact we’ve made – and must sustain grow.

Please consider making a gift to the Feels Like Home enhancement project. Help us build a home away from home for our long-term residents.

My sincerest wishes for your health and happiness during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Soulafa Al-Abbasi

Executive Director,

Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation


Feels Like Home

We’re on a mission – and we need you to be a part of it. We know that you are among those in our community who understand the need for a healthy community.

The Golden Eagle View was opened in June 1983. It was the first long-term care residential facility in the Bow Valley. Today, the facility houses 23 residents and has 35 dedicated staff. The average length of stay in the unit is 950 days. The facility needs major improvements. The capital project will total around $1.5 million, which the Foundation has committed in supporting. The renovation plans were drawn up by consulting with families, residents of Golden Eagle View, and staff at the Canmore General Hospital.

The Golden Eagle View enhancement project, Feels Like Home, will incorporate design and esthetics with research-based recommendations for elder care facilities that accommodate those with dementia. The vision of the project is to create an environment that feels like home for our residents and will enrich the quality of life of our residents today and for the next 30 years. In its current state, the unit is very institutional in its appearance and décor, and the goal of the project will be to incorporate research-based renovations. Examples of the changes include updating the lighting levels for various locations, using colour combinations that elderly and dementia-care population are attracted to and thrive in, and even changing the appearance of the unit to more of a “home” environment complete with themed hallways and personalized doorways to each resident’s room. The project will have 5 components:

  • Dining room and beauty salon

  • Residents’ rooms

  • Residential common use and living spaces

  • Unit entrance and nursing desk

  • Solarium

The final addition will be a brand-new addition of a large solarium off the north side of the department.

“As a daily visitor to the long-term care Unit, I can visualize the improvements this project will make to the day-to-day living of the residents. An important point is that the furniture in the dining and recreation room is still the original brought in when Golden Eagle View first opened thirty-three years ago. The new plan will also bring a more homey feel to the place, while maintaining the necessary functionality. If the whole project goes forward as hoped, there will be more shared spaces for residents and their visitors to spend time outside their rooms. The renovations and new elements will bring positive changes making a real difference to the lives of residents and visiting family members alike.”

– Don Garen, husband of one of the long-term residents at Golden Eagle View

I am asking you to consider making a gift to the Golden Eagle View enhancement project. Every dollar makes a difference. Help us build a home away from home for our long-term residents.

My sincerest wishes for your health and happiness during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Soulafa Al-Abbasi

Executive Director

Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation

 
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