Renovations took eight years, reward is immeasurable
ADOVOCATE HABROUR – After eight long-years residents, staff and foundation members at Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre are ready to sit down and relax.
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Part of the $860,000 renovations to Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre, there is enough room in the centre’s tub room now that (from left) nurse Shelly Fulton can give a tour to co-worker Jane Caldwell and Cumberland Health Authority CEO Bruce Quigley.
And they can, too, now that the expansion of a family room, tub room and secure courtyard are complete after years of looking like it was never going to happen.
“What an epic adventure this has been,” Cumberland Health Authority chairman Bruce Saunders said. “We’d get so far then get knocked back when the tenders came in high. It’s been a frustrating eight years through three governments but this is a huge improvement to this facility. In a sense, it’s what the doctor ordered.”
“This goes back eight years, to when then-Health Minister Jamie Muir promised us three new beds,” Municipal Councilor and member of Bayview’s foundation Don Fletcher said. “It was the decided to have the expansion and, like all things government, everyone seemed to know how much you had so the bids started coming in over budget. We started at the top and had to work our way down.”
With bids coming in over budget, the $860,000 project was sent back several times. In the meantime, the foundation and community had its own challenge ahead of them: raising 25 per cent of the project’s cost – $168,000.
“We hold the bazaar every year – it’s been held since the 1940’s… and a portion of the money came from that,” said Jane Caldwell, who is not only an employee with Bayview but whose parent is one of the ten permanent residents. “[The foundation] also owned a house which was used as a doctors residence years ago then it was an office with a clinic. When it was no longer used we sold that because we were told this would come.”
Money also come from the foundation’s investments and the tradeoff, Caldwell said, is huge, not only for staff and residents of Bayview, but for the community’s pride in general.
“As a family member it’s immeasurable. The sitting area before, they couldn’t sit at a window so now my mom can come in and look in and have some sunshine,” Caldwell said. “I feel that the residents are in a better frame of mind. And when the seniors are able to get into that courtyard, that will be awesome.”
The tub room is also significant addition. In the past, seniors needed to get ready for the baths in the room and then move down the hallway to the wash facility. Now they can get ready in the tub room, which is fashioned with a new lift system and local art to create a safe and relaxing atmosphere.
“We realized the challenges over the eight years the local leaders were faring,” Cumberland Health Authority CEO Bruce Quigley said. “Thanks to the community contributions and sticking with us, we’ve added to the quality of life for folks here.”