Published on October 22, 2013
Pineview Terrace Lodge director of care Marj Bodnarchuk speaks at the official launch of the furnishings campaign for the new Pineview Special Care Home on Tuesday. The volunteer fundraising committee is seeking to raise $975,000 to furnish the new facility.
Herald photo by Matt Gardner
Published on October 23, 2013
Artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of the new Pineview Terrace Lodge facility.
Published on October 23, 2013
Artist’s rendering shows a common room at the new Pineview Terrace Lodge facility.
A campaign to raise money for the furnishing of the new Pineview Terrace Special Care Home officially kicked off on Tuesday.
The volunteer fundraising committee is seeking to raise $975,000 in 60 days to pay for furnishings and equipment in the new long-term care facility, which is expected to open in May or June.
Funds raised will help provide 60 rooms, five common areas in the houses, a chapel, patios and other shared areas, as well as a wide range of other amenities.
“From the cutlery to the plates to the nightstands to the beds -- anything that you have at your place of residence, these people need in the new Pineview,” campaign chairperson and Parkland Ambulance Care CEO Trevor Dutchak said.
Dutchak was one of several speakers who appeared at the official launch of the campaign, which took place at the existing Pineview Terrace Lodge.
Others included Prince Albert Parkland Health Region acting board chair Brenda Abrametz and the director of care at Pineview Terrace Lodge, Marj Bodnarchuk, who made clear the long-term importance of the campaign for Pineview.
“This campaign is our whole future … We're very grateful for a new building that will have wonderful things like ceiling-track lifts and spacious hallways and rooms and doorways that are very adequate, where we don’t have those here,” Bodnarchuck said.
“But if we don’t have furnishings and equipment to fill the spaces, we couldn’t go forward and move in and provide care to all of our residents and all of the future residents as well.”
Furnishings and equipment represent a relatively small portion of the total cost of the new facility, which is located southwest of the Victoria Hospital.
The provincial government is contributing $18.2 million, or 80 per cent of the construction project costs. Local municipalities are shouldering the remaining 20 per cent, or $4.4 million.
“The new facility will provide a home-like environment for 60 long-term care residents,” Abrametz noted.
“This is 26 additional long-term care beds. These will help reduce wait lists and address needs for capacity in Prince Albert and area. It will help reduce waiting periods and help keep more people closer to home.”
The current facility, which first opened in 1964, has been showing its age in recent years.
Bodnarchuk noted that the existing rooms are relatively lacking in space, with limited electrical outlets. Residents must share bathrooms, and there is only one wheelchair-accessible bathroom in the entire building.
Meanwhile, doorways and hallways are generally too narrow to accommodate large wheelchairs.
“In the 50 years since (Pineview Terrace Lodge) opened, the needs of our residents have changed,” Abrametz said.
“Pineview was built for residents who were more independent and had better mobility. Now it’s time to move forward to a new facility.”
The 60-day time frame for the furnishings campaign is predicated on the need to order items in time for residents to move into the new facility by the late spring of 2014.
This campaign is our whole future. Marj Bodnarchuk
In turning to the community to help pay for furnishings and equipment, the fundraising committee has offered five different levels of recognition, depending on the size of the donation.
A gift of $50,000 will result in a house being named in the donor’s honour, while $25,000 pays for a great room. Donors who provide $10,000 receive the same recognition for a resident’s room.
A donation of $1,000 merits recognition on a prominently displayed brick, while donations under $1,000 allow the donor’s name to appear in a commemorative book.
Dutchak was optimistic that the committee would be able to meet its $975,000 target in 60 days with the help of the local community.
“We’ve talked to some service clubs already, we’ve talked to a number of businesses already and there seems to be really a lot of interest in the community to be a part of it,” he said.
A number of local donors have already contributed to the campaign.
They include the Dutchak family ($50,000), Victoria Square Compounding Pharmacy owner Roses Stewart ($38,000) and Tim Horton’s ($10,000).
“Trevor’s doing a good job with his volunteers and the job they’ve done here so far is going great,” Tim Horton’s franchisee Ed Zaparaniuk said.
“It’s going great and it’s only going to get better. The new facility looks very nice.”
For the residents themselves, the impending move to a new facility has meant some mixed emotions.
Many have grown used to the existing building and are apprehensive about such a dramatic change, Bodnarchuk said.
She added, “But when they think about things like spacious rooms to have a bathtub spa … and things like the ceiling-track lift and the large individual bathrooms in each room where you can have your very own shower every morning if you want … they are looking forward to things like that.”
Echoing this view, Pineview resident Doris Town said she was looking forward to having more room in the new facility, particularly in regards to bedrooms and bathrooms.
Yet she suggested that it was ultimately the work of Pineview staff members who would help make the transition successful.
“If they go with us, we’ll be fine,” she said with a smile.
“From top to bottom, they’re excellent, and most of them are coming, I think.”
Additional information on the furnishings campaign and how to donate is available at www.pineviewfamilyanewhome.com.