MATTAWA — The Algonquin Nursing Home has been serving elderly residents for 40 years and will continue to do so with a revitalized facility.

Mattawa residents are marking the grand opening of the new Algonquin Nursing Home. An integral part of the Mattawa Health Hub, the newly constructed home will house long-term care, a hospice suite, day program and Indigenous services and a community multi-purpose room.

Algonquin Nursing Home was opened with 60 extended care beds in 1976 by Dr. S.F. Monestime and Zena Monestime. In 1984, one wing of the facility was extended to provide 12 additional beds, allowing even more elderly family members to remain in the community that they called home for their entire lives.

Known in the community for its compassionate care and professional staff, the home required upgrades to improve infection control, privacy and amenities for those who need mobility supports.

Mattawa Mayor Dean Backer, also a board member of the Mattawa Hospital. (Supplied by Clark Communications)

Officials say the new 73-bed facility located at 207 Turcotte Park Road brings the home in line with the recent changes to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care legislation and is a vital part of the Health Hub Model that puts the patient at the centre of care.

“You can’t underestimate the benefit to patients and residents when everything they need is in one place and the healthcare providers involved in their care are accessible to each other,” said Bob Simmonds, Board Chair of the Mattawa Hospital.

In February 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care gave approval for Mattawa to participate in the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy, giving the project the green light. The Health Hub Model is part of ongoing efforts to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the delivery of services across the continuum of care.

“This grand opening truly is a reason to celebrate,” said Pierre Noël, President and CEO, Mattawa Hospital. “The whole community pulled together to make this vision a reality, and we all benefit when we find new and better ways to deliver healthcare.”