Construction of new personal care home set to begin soon

Armin Krahn (left), chair of the Mennonite Youth Farm Complex board; Ken Warkentin, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan moderator; Joan Lemauviel, administrator of MYFC; Nicole Thiessen of AODBT Architecture and Interior Design; and Dallas Stobbe of Haven Builders brought greetings at the sod turning for Rosthern’s new personal care home

A new personal care home in Rosthern is slated to break ground any day now, according to Joan Lemauviel, administrator of the Mennonite Youth Farm Complex (MYFC). The long-awaited facility will fill a greatly-needed gap in the community.
“I’m excited about this project because this segment of society has been falling between the cracks. They often don’t qualify for long term care, and yet they can’t live in assisted living without any 24-hour care,” said Lemauviel.
The Mennonite Youth Farm Complex held a sod-turning on May 24 which was moved indoors due to weather. Nevertheless, a good crowd turned out in support. Special guests shared a few words and former board member, Wilmer Froese, prayed a blessing over the project.
A 40-seat chapel will connect Pineview Manor with the new personal care home. The current chaplain will provide spiritual care for the care home as well. A total of 20 new rooms are being added which will offer 24-hour care.
“We want to keep it feeling like a home and this will be a home-like environment,” said Lemauviel.
New residents will enjoy degrees of separation from the existing facility, but will be able to participate in many special events or activities at the Mennonite Nursing Home. The long term care portion is currently home to 68 residents and the assisted living portion can accommodate up to 40.
Courtyards, bright and sunny rooms and the opportunity to live in a community-like atmosphere enhance the quality of life for the residents. Each room has its own built-in wardrobe and desk, private washroom, television and internet connectivity. Residents can enjoy the level of independence they choose, and have the assurance that care is available around the clock every day of the year.
Individuals at this level of light-to-intermediate care face some unique challenges that the personal care home will be able to address. They will no longer have the challenge of making meals, remembering to take medications safely, and the fear that a possible fall will leave them injured and alone.
“It takes away the worry from family and friends, and some risk that seniors would otherwise face, especially if they are living alone in their own home. Our new personal care home can alleviate some of these unfortunate situations and offer an alternative lifestyle for them,” Lemauviel explained.
With the new personal care home, Rosthern residents won’t need to leave their home community for this level of care, as some seniors have done, and then attempt to return later for long term care.
The $3.5 million cost of the home will be covered by a mortgage, reserve funds from the MYFC, and a fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million.
“The Close to Home Campaign is going well!” added Lemauviel. “We’ve raised $1,320,500 to date, and we’re close to reaching our goal.”
The targeted completion date for the facility is a year after the onset of construction – likely next summer. The care home is not taking formal applications at this time, but Lemauviel says they’ve had people ask if they could be on a list, so they’ve been taking names down. Interested parties don’t have to qualify to any level.
“We also know that some people currently in our assisted living could really benefit from living [in the new personal care home] right now,” she said.
The new personal care home is owned by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. It’s the first non-profit personal care home in the area and will be licensed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
The board is pleased to be moving forward after choosing to delay the project for a year when a construction bid came in too high.
“It’s exciting to know we’re filling a need in the community where residents will be assessed for affordability and the ability to pay the appropriate fees and live within their means,” Lemauviel said.
Excitement is building as trees on the site were felled on June 24, one month after the groundbreaking ceremony – the first sign things are moving forward.