By Erin Knight
On the morning of July 17th, a community meeting was held at the Gilbert Plains Emergency Services building regarding plans for new supportive housing unit. The complex, which is proposing 8 to 12 suites for senior residents, would provide care and assisted living to those unable to live alone but not ready for the personal care home. Approximately 20 people were present at the meeting.
Charlene Gulak of the Gilbert Plains Economic Development Board familiarized attendees with the project by highlighting the community’s need for good quality supportive housing, as well as the interest the board has taken in finding a solution to this need. She introduced Dennis and Audrey Goossen, directors of the project plan, who began to share the concept details of the proposed unit.
Dennis showed a prepared presentation of the housing complex, referred to as Lily Garden Manor. He explained that there are four levels of housing options available; the first being independent living, the second a 55+ apartment, third being supportive housing, and lastly the personal care home. The project in question falls under the third level, supportive housing, categorized by 24-hour supervised care and help with daily activities. “It’s a fairly new concept from what we understand, here in Manitoba,” Goossen says. Lily Garden Manor would be the step between assisted living and full personal care in a home. Eligible tenants would include seniors that are still mobile, but may need assistance cooking and eating meals, bathing, or dressing. A senior becomes ineligible when he or she becomes fully unable to live without major assistance, medically or mentally unstable, or begins to display violent or disruptive behavior.
The building itself will have between eight and twelve 300ft2 rooms for residents to rent. Other facilities within the complex include a communal kitchen with three meals provided per day, a common area, activity room, sitting room, and outdoor patio. Attached are living quarters for the primary caregiver and administrator of the building. No location has been suggested yet. Support for the project from Manitoba Housing, CMHC, and the Prairie Mountain Health Authority is expected by Dennis and Audrey, and the remainder of the cost is to be paid through private investors as well as tenants.
A question period was held at the end of the presentation, where the discussion of final projected costs was brought up. Goossen estimated that the cost of Lily Garden Manor would be somewhere in the area of $1.2 million. This figure was offset by the mention of the key demand Gilbert Plains has for supportive housing, with a growing senior population and current local housing units already filled to capacity. Attendees asked Goossen more questions regarding the staffing and caregiver-to-resident ratio, as well as plans for future expansion. Charlene Gulak passed out a short questionnaire shortly after the presentation for attendees to fill out, which concluded the meeting.
Dennis Goossen discusses plans for Lily Garden Manor, an assisted living housing unit for Gilbert Plains, during a meeting held on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Photo by Erin Knight
Many changes for next year’s fair and rodeo
By Erin Knight
Another weekend of fair and fun has gone by in Gilbert Plains and Grandview. The annual agricultural fair and rodeo went over fairly well, with Saturday admission sales being up to trump Friday’s average numbers and Sunday’s lull. “The weather didn’t really cooperate,” says Murray Stoughton, acting president of the Gilbert Plains-Grandview Ag Society. The conditions in question were windy and cool all weekend, with some light rain on Sunday. “I think that contributed to the gate numbers,” he says. The dance was less emphatically attended, with ticket sales down despite the reportedly fantastic show performed by Streetheart and Refusion.
At the exhibit hall this year the junior watch winner was Olivia Tokar and the senior watch winner was Wilma Pockett.
One of the judges for the exhibition commented that the Gilbert Plains-Grandview exhibit hall
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