BOYLE, AB, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Alberta are making lives better for seniors in Boyle with the official opening of the new Wild Rose Assisted Living and Wild Rose Villa (Wild Rose) designated supportive living facility.
Thirty-six new lodge units and 22 designated supportive living units will provide different levels of care and flexible options to help more seniors age closer to home as their health care needs change.
The lodge is bright and modern and offers affordable, flexible housing options. Wild Rose has a capacity of up to 62 residents, including four suites for couples. It features a wide range of amenities including a hair salon, recreational spaces for activities and a chapel. It replaces a 42-unit lodge built in 1979 that has reached the end of its life cycle, due to small rooms and a lack of amenities.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing, made the announcement today.
"Every Canadian should be able to retire in dignity. This is why we are taking action to support seniors including restoring the retirement age from 67 to 65, increasing GIS and OAS. I am delighted to see that construction is complete at the new Wild Rose. This is truly a community achievement—it takes collaboration from all levels of government and the clear vision of dedicated partners like the Greater North Foundation to turn projects like this into a reality. Together, we have helped ensure that the housing needs of seniors in Boyle are met for many years to come." — The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
"Wild Rose Assisted Living and Wild Rose Villa is a beautiful new facility that provides seniors in Boyle with a comfortable, modern place to call home. The neighbouring supportive living facility means residents can continue to reside in their home community as their needs change. This a fantastic investment for the community of Boyle and another example of our government's work supporting seniors and their families in rural communities."— The Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing
"We are excited to officially open the Wild Rose Assisted Living and Wild Rose Villa—this is great news for Boyle and nearby communities. The investment by the federal and provincial governments demonstrates their commitment to Alberta seniors and to Boyle." — Doris Splane, Chair, Greater North Foundation
"Having a facility like the Wild Rose Assisted Living and Wild Rose Villa has been a major part of maintaining a sense of family. The ability for all four generations—great grandkids, grandkids, children and parents—to get together for coffee or ice cream or special occasions is a great gift that isn't taken lightly. Our appreciation for the care and dignity that our elders are treated with is immeasurable." — Dianna Wetzel, daughter of Wild Rose Assisted Living resident
- The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of about $13.1 million, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The new Wild Rose Villa and designated supportive living facility will provide 36 new lodge units and 22 designated supportive living units.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $3.1 million through the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative to build the 22 designated supportive living units.
- Designated supportive living (DSL) units include health-care services of various levels, such as DSL3 (health care aides provide scheduled care); DSL4 (professional nursing care on-site 24 hours for unscheduled care needs) and SL4D (specialized dementia care).
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.
- The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
- Last year, the Government of Alberta launched its first Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy, including a $1.2-billion commitment to build affordable housing across the province.
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To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
The Government of Alberta ministry of Seniors and Housing fosters the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The ministry works with seniors, Albertans who require housing supports, their families and caregivers, communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at www.seniors-housing.gov.ab.ca.
Learn more about the Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Media contacts: Valérie Glazer , Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Gabriel Teo, Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 604-737-4137, [email protected]; Media Inquires, Government of Alberta, [email protected], 780-422-4905