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The applicant must be eligible for admission to a long-term care home as determined by the placement service. In general, a person requiring 24-hour on-site nursing and personal care is eligible.
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One in four seniors living in Ottawa requires support for daily activities such as bathing, cooking, cleaning and other common household tasks. Yet for those thousands of people in our community there exists a severe shortage of supportive and affordable housing and related services that support nutrition, safety, and foster much-needed companionship.
As the champion of our aging population, Bruyère Continuing Care is responding to this urgent need with the innovative Bruyère Village. Situated at the site of Saint-Louis Residence, on the banks of the Ottawa River in the east end of the city, Bruyère Village will include comprehensive components that meet the needs of an aging population such as: assisted living, affordable housing, long-term care, chronic disease management programs, a Family Health Team, indoor and outdoor recreation, healthy aging programming and outdoor walking paths. Bruyère Village is currently in the planning, approval and development stage.
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Bruyère Village Q&A
Q: What is Bruyère Village?
A: Bruyere Village will provide a much needed continuum of services, bridging the gap between independent living and long-term care. It will help people to easily move to long-term care when it’s needed. It will respond to the wide range of seniors’ care and healthy aging needs.
Bruyère Village will include integral and much needed components such as: assisted living, long-term care and Adult Day Program (existing at Saint-Louis Residence), programs that assist with activities of daily living, escorts to appointment, home visits, chronic disease management programs, affordable indoor recreation, healthy aging programming and outdoor walking paths. The target population will be a combination of functionally well and the mild to moderately frail seniors (over 60 years of age) with mixed incomes.
Bruyère Village will offer assisted living that bridges the current gap that exists in Ottawa between home care
and long-term care. It will also invite seniors in the community to participate in programming offered through a Wellness Centre to help optimize mental and physical function, prevent and manage disease, and promote full engagement in life.
The Bruyère Village concept matches care with needs, reducing the cost burden on the province. It assures that seniors living in the Village are safe and well cared for at the level they need, and offers support programming to seniors living in their homes in the surrounding community. Access to medical and care professionals at any hour when needed can reduce the stress and the high cost of emergency visits at acute care hospitals.
Our goal for the Village is to provide the greatest possible independence and the highest quality of life through an economically sustainable model.
Q: Why a Village?
A: Creating supports for daily living, affordable housing and healthy aging and wellness programming are all components that will support keeping seniors healthy, active and involved in their communities. In addition, a Village will be a starting point to address the Alternate Level of Care (ALC) situation in Ottawa. Approximately one in five patients in acute care hospitals are ALC patients whose health care needs could be better served in another type of setting – such as being proposed for Bruyère Village. Evidence shows that some ALC patients admitted to long-term care homes could have been better served in a lower level of care and that 10 to 17 per cent of long-term care residents could be in assisted living.
By 2031, the seniors’ population in Ottawa (currently 90,000 people) will grow from 12 per cent to 22 per cent. Second only to Calgary, Ottawa has the fastest growing seniors’ population in Canada.
One in four seniors require support for activities of daily living (bathing, cooking, etc.), yet there exists a shortage of assisted living and other services that support nutrition, safety, companionship and learning for the seniors’ population in Ottawa.
Q: Why Bruyère Continuing Care?
A: If you live in Ottawa long enough, Bruyère Continuing Care will touch you in some way: through a friend, a family member or, a neighbour. When Mother Bruyère first came to Bytown, she asked “What do we need and who are our most vulnerable?” Today, 165 years later, we continue to respond to community needs as they evolve, bringing personalized, compassionate care to seniors that ensures dignity and a high quality of life.
You have come to know us as the champions of our aging population – parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours. We are the patient and hardworking healthcare professionals that help someone’s father, someone’s wife, someone’s best friend slowly and steadily recover from a debilitating stroke and walk out a month later to continue to enjoy an independent life. Through our commitment to compassion and our community, we are offering an innovative solution to the changing needs of our seniors. You should not expect anything less.
Q: Where is the funding coming from?
A: Bruyère Continuing Care has already secured a grant from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing program of $5.4 million. This financing is part of the Federal/Provincial economic stimulus program. The rest of the construction cost will be financed through long term borrowing by Bruyère Continuing Care and recovered through rents at Bruyère Village. A portion of the funding for the Bruyère Village project comes from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Aging at Home Strategy, through the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Operational funding for the assisted living services will be also provided by the Champlain Health Integration Network.
Q: How many jobs will be created by Bruyère Village?
A: Bruyère Village will create 650 jobs during construction and 40 to 50 ongoing jobs once constructed.
Q: What kind of housing will be available at Bruyère Village?
A: Bruyère Village will offer 227 distinct units:
6 different models available, as follows:
- One bedroom with shared living and dining space
- One bedroom
- One bedroom plus den
- Two bedroom
- Two bedrooms corner
- Two bedrooms plus den
Assisted living services will be provided to a number or residents (24-hour access to services 7 days per week) financed by the Champlain LHIN.
Q: Who will live at Bruyère Village?
A: Bruyère Village will be a compassionate and caring home for the functionally well and, the mild to moderate frail seniors (60+). Our residents will come from mixed incomes and be representative of our community.
Q: How is Bruyère Village fostering innovation?
A: At a single site, Bruyère Village will incorporate a number of innovations that are meant to improve the quality of life for seniors in our community including:
- Three levels of accommodation specific to the needs of our senior population
- Cluster Housing
- Wellness Centre
- Senior-friendly technology
- Greening initiatives
- Outreach and integration with the surrounding Community