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News Release

Region of Durham celebrates official opening of new Fairview Lodge

WHITBY, ON September 25, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Social Services Department today celebrated the official opening of the new Fairview Lodge in Whitby—one of the Region’s four long-term care homes. The new three-storey building houses 198 residents and replaces the original Fairview Lodge. The project was made possible by joint funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and The Regional Municipality of Durham.

“I am absolutely delighted that Fairview Lodge is re-opening as a state of the art long-term care facility,” said the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla. “While redeveloping Fairview Lodge was always the plan, the tragic fire that occurred last October has given us greater cause for celebration as we gather to inaugurate this magnificent new home. Congratulations to all.”

“Today, we celebrate the rebuild of our fourth long-term care home,” said Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer Roger Anderson. “All four of the Region’s homes are now equipped with the latest technology to serve our residents. We remain committed to working with our provincial and federal partners to ensure that seniors and their families continue to have access to safe, high-quality care.”

The 174,958-square-foot building can house 198 residents. Residents have access to seven self-contained home areas, ranging from 26 to 29 beds; new dining and laundry facilities; enhanced space for specialized programming; and 24-hour nursing care. This state-of-the-art facility was designed with an emphasis on environmental stewardship, as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building, and accessibility standards.

“As the population ages, it is comforting to know that we have a new, state-of-the-art building that offers the specialized programs needed to meet the changing needs of our communities,” said Regional Councillor Lorne Coe, Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee.

“Fairview Lodge staff, volunteers, residents and families are excited to be settled and back together in our new home,” said Marcey Wilson, Administrator of Fairview Lodge. “Fairview Lodge isn’t just a building for the residents; it’s their home, and I am so happy to officially welcome them.”

The Regional Municipality of Durham currently owns and operates four long-term care homes—Fairview Lodge in Whitby, Hillsdale Estates and Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa, and Lakeview Manor in Beaverton. These homes serve the community with the provision of 847 long-term care beds and three Adult Day programs.

For more information on the new Fairview Lodge, and the Region of Durham’s other long-term care homes, please visit www.durham.ca.

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History of the home

The original Fairview Lodge, located in the Town of Whitby, opened its doors to residents in 1951.

Background information about the project

In 1998, under the Long-Term Care and Restructuring Commission “D” Bed Program, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) classified Fairview Lodge as a category “C” facility—meaning that the home, designed to meet 1974 program standards, did not meet current expectations regarding resident privacy and dignity. In April 2009, the MOHLTC, in collaboration with the Local Health Integration networks, announced a call for applications for the phase 1 rebuild of Ontario’s older “B” and “C” class long-term care homes.

Beginning 2009, The Regional Municipality of Durham and the MOHLTC worked in partnership to design and construct a new state-of-the-art building, in order to meet the changing needs of the long-term care population, with a consideration to accessibility and environmental standards.

Fairview Lodge’s phase 1 rebuild was subsequently approved by the ministry on Jan. 22, 2010.

Since this time, The Regional Municipality of Durham, working closely with its architects MMMC Inc., developed a master plan for the new building, which was approved by Durham Regional Council on June 6, 2011 and the MOHLTC on June 27, 2011. On Jan. 31, 2012, the Region received approval from the MOHLTC to go to public tender for construction. Durham Regional Council approved a recommendation on June 27, 2012 to award the construction contract to Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. Upon receipt of ministry approval, construction began on site.

Official groundbreaking ceremony

In November 2012, the Region of Durham celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Fairview Lodge.

Fire at original building

On Oct. 27, 2014, a fire broke out at the original building. In total, 192 residents and all staff were safely evacuated from the home.

The new Fairview Lodge was unaffected by the fire. Construction continued on the new build.

Following the fire, Central East Community Care Access Centre successfully placed all 192 residents into long-term care and retirement home beds within and outside Durham Region. Fairview Lodge staff continued to provide care to residents in temporary congregate settings. All residents were able to remain at their present location until the new Fairview Lodge was ready for occupancy.

Under Ontario’s long-term care legislation, all residents displaced from Fairview Lodge were given priority to return to the new Fairview Lodge once it was completed, regardless of where they were relocated.

New Fairview Lodge

On June 23, residents began moving into the new Fairview Lodge. The 174,958-square-foot building houses 198 residents. Residents have access to seven self-contained home areas, ranging from 26 to 29 beds; new dining and laundry facilities; enhanced space for specialized programming; and 24-hour nursing care. This state-of-the-art home was designed with an emphasis on environmental stewardship, as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building, and accessibility standards.

The final stage of construction for the new building is the creation of the parking lot and grounds, following the demolition of the original Fairview Lodge and subsequent site restoration. This work is expected to be completed by the end of December. Unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule.

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