Fort Chipewyan Elders Care Center Project Update

Posted by: Trish Merrithew-Mercredi 5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fort Chipewyan enjoys many services on-site but as most people know there is not a centre available for Elders who require long-term and continuing care in order to remain in the community.  It has always been a dream of the leadership that one day the First Nation would be available to provide this kind of care for the Elders.  Chief Courtoreille and the MCFN Council are very pleased, therefore, to be able to announce that they have bought and are redeveloping the old Nursing Station in Fort Chipewyan as an Elders Care Centre. 

The Centre will be staffed 24 hours a day with three shifts.  Licensed Practical Nurses will be the primary care givers and assisted in the delivery of resident care by activity aides, a rehabilitation assistant, and a resident support worker.  In addition, there will be a Nurse Manager and a Nurse Practitioner who will be responsible for the overall management of the facility and the delivery of care to the residents.


Underway Salvage and Demolition 
January 2013 Groundbreaking Ceremony and Construction Begins 
December 2013 Furnishings and Equipment Arrive
June 2014 Grand Opening and Move Ins

When the Centre opens in June 2014, it will contain 12 beds for Elders and other members of the community who require this kind of care.  Some of the rooms will be able to accommodate couples, and be used to provide palliative/respite care, and an isolation room.   At present, representatives of the First Nation and the consultants are preparing the tender package to select the contractor who will begin actual construction in early spring 2013.

The final floor plan, which was developed by Group 2 and Western Health Planning Associates, will contain spaces for the residents to dine, a resident lounge and library, an exercise and rehabilitation room, a tub room and spa, and a quiet area for the residents and their families.   One of the special features will be a cultural area shaped liked a teepee.  The poles of the teepee will extend above the roof and form a distinctive part of the sky line in Fort Chipewyan.  The grounds will also be landscaped to include space for small gardens for thoe residents who wish to do so, quiet areas for sitting and looking at the lake and just spending time outdoors.

A Task Force whose members include a number of Fort Chipewyan residents has assisted the consultants who are developing the project under contract to the MCFN.  The members include, Marjorie Glanfield, Stella Marten, Blue Eyes Simpson, Vi Jenner, Margo Vermillion, and Cookie Simpson, among others.  Our thanks go out to these persons who are generously donating their time and energy.

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  • LaVerne Poitras-Young 5 months ago

    Excellent work to all involved! Wonderful environment for the Elders to continue to be honored in their home community with their families and loved ones. CONGRATULATIONS on your continued success in meeting the needs of the people of Fort Chipewyan. LaVerne Poitras-Young

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