The Case Statement for Our Need for a New Building
Park Manor Personal Care Home has been a landmark for the residents of Transcona for over 40 years, providing compassionate care to the elderly and infirm. We have an established reputation of exemplary care that extends outside the boundaries of this community.
Park Manor has been considering redevelopment options for the last number of years; driven by the need to ensure that the residents of Transcona and surrounding areas receive quality personal care home services. We, at Park Manor are committed to continue providing these services
The health message has been an important part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since its inception. One of the better known healthcare practitioners was Dr. J. Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of Corn Flakes and peanut butter. The Seventh-day Adventist church sponsors health care institutions around the world. More than forty years ago, following the establishment of an acute care centre in Toronto, Manitoba provincial and Winnipeg city officials were approached about establishing a Seventh-day Adventist health care facility in the City of Winnipeg.
In 1967, Park Manor Personal Care Home opened a then “state of the art” personal care home to serve the community of Transcona. Originally located on the eastern edge of this community, Transcona has experienced significant growth over the last 20 years and Park Manor is now surrounded by ever growing housing developments.
Over the years Park Manor has received funding for safety, security type upgrades and these funds have been greatly appreciated. However, Park Manor is no longer a “state of the art” health care facility and for the past 10 years we have been working towards a replacement facility to continue providing care to the residents of Transcona.
Park Manor has earned a positive reputation for the care provided to the members of this community and it is the acknowledged health care facility for Transcona.
We have a large core group of long term employees made up of many staff from the community who know the residents and their families personally. These loyal staff members follow Park Manor’s mission which is:
“Offering love, peace, compassion, hope and empowerment... to care as Christ does.”
Park Manor is a 100 bed facility with a large percentage of shared rooms – 20 semi private, 4 – four bed wards and 22 private rooms that share washrooms; only 22 of the 100 beds are completely private including their own washroom.
While on the main floor there is adequate recreation and dining space, the second floor is greatly lacking in these areas; requiring two sittings for meals.
Park Manor has approximately 160 staff members, 125 volunteers and most are residents of Transcona. We have an Adult Day Program that provides service to 55 members of this community. The Meals on Wheels program provides meals to the community, serving 25 meals per day, 5 days a week
Park Manor has also identified a need for affordable seniors housing as it can no longer take applications for East Park Lodge due to the approximately 10 year waiting list.
With the Manitoba government’s “Aging in Place” strategy and its initiatives to renovate shared spaces and add supportive and assisted living spaces, we feel that the time is ideal to move forward with the replacement of Park Manor and a conversion of the existing Park Manor space into affordable seniors housing on the second floor and a child day care in conjunction with Access Transcona and an existing licensed day care who is willing to take over much of the first floor. We would also like to expand the Adult Day program by using some of the existing building space.
Park Manor proposes a new facility to be built on the property adjacent to East Park Lodge. This facility will have 100-140 private rooms with their own washrooms; a separate dining area for each wing and adequate recreation and storage spaces.
We also propose a self-funded Chapel that will be able to open up and accommodate church and funeral services in the facility
The cost of the new “state of the art” facility is approximately 25 million dollars. Park Manor’s responsibility for the building will be between 5-7 million dollars. Although a daunting number, we feel that with the help of God and this caring community we can achieve our goal.