Home-like Pineview Terrace Lodge opening Monday

Tyler Clarke
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Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority chair Brenda Abrametz and Pineview Terrace Lodge maintenance supervisor Robert Billay are seen outside of the facility on Thursday prior to its scheduled Monday opening to residents. 

It’s time for last-minute touch-ups as crews prepare the Pineview Terrace Lodge long-term care facility for residents to move in on Monday.


Media was provided a tour of the facility on Thursday as crews went down their last-minute checklist of odds and ends in preparation for Monday’s opening.

Divided into five “houses” with 12 rooms apiece, each house has been fully furnished as a result of an extremely successful fundraising campaign that raised $1.1 million -- greater than its $900,000 goal.

Each house includes common areas, fenced-in patios, laundry facilities and bathing tubs complete with ceiling track lifts to help residents in and out.

Everything, from its common areas to independent rooms have been constructed using the Eden Philosophy, Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority chair Brenda Abrametz explained.

At its core, the Eden Philosophy is the creation of a home-like environment where residents are encouraged to continue to grow as people.

“It is exciting, isn’t it?” Abrametz said after her latest tour of the facility on Thursday. “Very nice, very home-like, so it is very exciting to see.”

Although she’d toured the facility a number of times since it broke ground at a May 6, 2012 ceremony, Thursday’s tour revealed a pretty much-completed facility.

“It’s awesome -- it’s beautiful, and to me it’s very home-like, which is exactly what we were striving for,” Abrametz said.

Although the old Pineview Terrace Lodge has served hundreds of people over its 50-year lifespan, “the building is old and people’s needs have changed,” she summarized.

During Thursday’s tour it was revealed that every one of the facility’s 60 rooms has a ceiling track lift, which Abrametz notes is an important safety feature both for residents and for staff who would otherwise have to lift residents in and out of bed.

These tracks stretch on a grid throughout each room, allowing residents to be lifted in and out of bed through their living spaces, which include a washroom.

Bariatrics are also considered at the new Pineview Terrace Lodge, with a few rooms specially-designed for obese residents, including special chairs, beds and toilet seats.

Although at 60 rooms the new facility is a 26-bed increase from the previous Pineview Terrace Lodge, Abrametz said that they still maintain “quite a waiting list.”

Residents will begin moving into the new facility on Monday.

Once the old facility is vacant the health region will be charged with figuring out what to do with the space, communications officer Doug Dahl said, noting that nothing has been firmed up at this stage.

The Pineview Terrace Lodge is a $22.8-million facility, of which the Government of Saskatchewan funded 80 per cent and area municipalities funded 20 per cent.

The building is located on the west side of the Regional Health Centre site in Prince Albert, which also includes the Victoria Hospital.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Victoria Hospital

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Prince Albert

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