Seniors Benefit From Oliver Lodge Long-Term Care Expansion

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Representatives of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health, the Saskatoon Health Region and Oliver Lodge today officially opened a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen, which represents Phase 1 of a $24-million expansion to increase housing and enhance programming for Saskatchewan seniors.

The $750,000-kitchen renovation is the first step in a transformation to replace one closed wing with a three-floor addition, increasing Oliver Lodge’s population from 76 residents to 139. The new kitchen will assist Oliver Lodge in meeting increased dietary needs by providing 700 meals per day.

“Oliver Lodge has a proud history of providing quality long-term care, and looks forward to an even greater future,” says Oliver Lodge’s Board Chair Randy Rooke.

“Larger resident rooms will increase comfort for residents and their visitors, and improve efficiency for dedicated Oliver Lodge employees and volunteers. The expansion also builds on Oliver Lodge’s proven expertise with dementia care by dedicating 32 resident rooms and Community Day Program activities to people requiring such specialized care,” he says.

“The completion of the kitchen renovations and upgrades sets the stage for the construction phase that will almost double Oliver Lodge’s capacity to serve residents who need long-term care,” says Randy Weekes, MLA for Bigger, speaking on behalf of Health Minister Don McMorris. “The Saskatchewan Government wants to make sure the strong economy benefits people throughout the province.”

“Changing demographics is placing increased demand on the health-care system and long-term care homes. Oliver Lodge’s expansion will help alleviate some of these system pressures while improving resident quality of life through enhanced programming and increased housing opportunities,” says Carol Teichrob, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority Vice-Chair.

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To date, the Angels of Care Campaign has raised nearly $4 million of the $9-million, which is Oliver Lodge’s share of the $24-million expansion. Oliver Lodge is responsible for providing 35%, plus the cost of equipment and furnishings, while the Saskatchewan Government has committed 65% of construction costs.

Oliver Lodge thanks several major donors, including the Latrace Family, Laurie and Rick Hopkinson, St. David’s United Church, Phyllis (Dawson) Speers, and the Postle Family, for their generous contributions.

Oliver Lodge has provided quality special care home services for Saskatchewan seniors since 1949. The lodge is affiliated with the Saskatoon Health Region and operated by a volunteer board of directors.

Oliver Lodge provides residential care and reaches the wider community by:

* offering a day program that enables seniors to stay in their homes longer and gives much needed support to their caregivers;

* providing respite care to families and other caregivers; and

* partnering with the Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan, which has office space within Oliver Lodge for the delivery of supportive and educational services in Saskatoon and central Saskatchewan.

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