Residents settling in to new Pineview Terrace

Jodi Schellenberg
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They are all moved in and are feeling right at home.

Last week, the residents and staff from Pineview Terrace Lodge made the move from the old nursing home to the new one built close to the Victoria Hospital.

It was a busy week for those involved but the move was completely worth it according to both staff and residents.

“We went from a very small space to an extremely large space and we went from a place that was a little worn and in need of a little bit of a décor upgrade to a place that looks like a very exclusive hotel,” said Marj Bodnarchuk, director of care. “One resident said, ‘Oh I bet a millionaire lives here.’”

The main difference they have noticed so far is the size of the nursing home.

“It gives us lots of room -- lots more than where I came from,” resident Don Barkhouse said. “There is three times as much room. To me it is lovely, couldn’t go wrong.”

Since Barkhouse is in a wheelchair, he said there is a lot more space to manoeuver in both his room and the common rooms.

Another resident, Jack Vandergragt, who had only been in the old building a short time, also noticed the size difference.

“I was just a stranger in paradise -- really,” he said. “If I come in a new building, I have to have somebody with me and show me the way around. Now I’m wheeling around from one end to the other end, all by myself, and I don’t have any problems.”

He has noticed both the building and his own room are quite a bit larger.

“Yesterday my sister, brother-in-law and niece, they came over and visited me,” Vandergragt said. “He said, ‘My God, what a building.’”

Bodnarchuk said the staff has also noticed the size difference.

In the old building, the common area was about three times smaller than the new nursing home.

When putting on events in the old home, it was often a challenge because they had limited space. Now they will not have those challenges.

Not only is the building much larger, the staff and residents feel comfortable in the new facility.

“Some of the staff in the houses have felt wonderful ownership of their house, their people, their job, their responsibility and what a wonderful thing to hear,” Bodnarchuk said. “That’s what it is all about -- it is about being proud of where you work and help people and it is your life too.

“The staff live in these house in the time they are here with the residents,” she added. “For them to be able to feel such ownership and pride in their workspace, workplace and their work that is just awesome.”

Ute Granrude, who was working in the therapy department, said they have lots of new equipment now that they didn’t have space for in the old building.

“We will be able to access and help a broader … variety of needs,” she said.

Not only can they help those with low mobility, there is also bariatric equipment and rooms available.

Although they have moved, one thing remained the same -- the atmosphere.

“What made Pineview what it was, was the people, what we did and what we shared,” Bodnarchuk said.  

Although all the current residents were moved over, Bodnarchuk said they will be receiving more residents in the coming weeks since the new building has room for 60.

Once they receive the new residents, they will work hard to make them feel at home.

“The great thing about having long-term care residents to work with is that they are all so interesting and they all have stories and personalities,” she said. “It is such a wonderful history. It is really a pleasure to get to know them all.”

Organizations: Victoria Hospital

Geographic location: Pineview

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