The concrete is poured and a future home for Medicine Hat’s seniors is taking shape. More than 200 people are working to construct Masterpiece’s Southland Meadows, a modern 217,000 square foot long-term care facility that will serve southern Alberta. Garforth-Bles said he drew from Medicine Hat’s trades and skill sets in electrical, millwork, mechanical, concrete, structural steel, drywall, roofing, curtain wall and steel studs to complete construction by September.
After construction, Southland Meadows will also provide career and educational opportunities. Approximately 150 full-time and part-time nurses, health care aids, hospitality and maintenance personnel will be caring for residents. Students from Medicine Hat College’s health care aid, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse programs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience at the facility by caring for the residents.
“We are very focused on being active Medicine Hat community members who provide a beautiful environment to support person and family centered seniors care,” said Gallant.
The modern facility not only provides employment opportunities in a variety of sectors, but gives Southeast Alberta residents the opportunity to stay close to home and receive advanced care.
Due to the location in Canada’s Sunniest City, there will be lots of opportunities to enjoy the large outdoor spaces and patios at Southland Meadows.
The 201 suites have a modern, innovative design that includes high ceilings, large windows and seven-foot wide, barrier-free showers.
“These showers were made by placing an insert into the concrete so that the residents can just roll in or not be tripped up when entering the shower,” said Garforth-Bles.
Wayfinding colours and sensory queues will provide assistance with navigating the facility and some of the suites are designed to keep spouses together.
The Alberta Seniors and Housing Ministry will provide 100 of the spaces for seniors and the facility will also provide dementia and brain injury care.
Nearly half of Medicine Hat’s demographic is age 50 or older and the city’s population is experiencing steady growth.
Southland Meadows is on schedule to be completed at the end of September with occupancy expected to begin in October. A sneak preview of the private care units will be available in late February.
A skilled workforce combined with local educational opportunities has made the journey to completing a state-of the art facility in Medicine Hat come to reality.