Rideaucrest Home, the municipally-run long-term care facility at 175 Rideau St., will mark its 20th Anniversary on site with an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
Relatives, friends, neighbours and the general public are all invited to join residents, staff and Auxiliary Volunteers in celebrating the occasion.
“We are proud of the personal support, care and life enrichment we can continue to offer the residents of Rideaucrest,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “I’d also like to highlight the commendable efforts of the Auxiliary Volunteers. Their historic and ongoing support has helped augment Rideaucrest programs.”
Rideaucrest’s previous location, at 362 Montreal St., had four residents to a room, group bathrooms and was often so hot that taking residents out to cool off was a daily routine.
Opened in 1993, the “new” Home overlooks Kingston’s Inner Harbour and offers bright climate-controlled, single resident rooms, plus gathering and activity spaces outfitted with all-manner of modern and accessible comforts and conveniences aimed at supporting and enriching the lives of the 170 residents. In addition, Rideaucrest has special facilities, like the Snoezelen Room – equipped to offer its users relaxed sensory experiences. And, this year, an Internet Café was added near the boutique and coffee shop run by the dedicated Auxiliary Volunteers.
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The building itself is just 20 years-old, but this municipally-operated, long-term care facility reflects an approach to community care that has evolved over 148 years. Before Rideaucrest moved to Rideau Street, funding was often tied to how dependent residents were, with – loosely speaking – more dependence resulting in more funding. Now funding for community care is more tied to efforts to empower residents to exercise their independence.
“Primary care is guided by the resident’s needs and wishes. The expectation is for residents to have as much control living in long-term care as they would have living in their own homes,” says Debra Green, Administrator of Resident Long-term Care for Rideaucrest.
Rideaucrest Home looks forward to continuing to offer its 170 residents the care and opportunities that allow them to lead rich and meaningful lives.
Plan to get there by bus, check out the City’s trip planner at CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner.
Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Rideaucrest Home website