News release

Nursing Home Addition Opens in Cheticamp

Seniors will be able to stay in their community longer with the official opening today, June 28, of Yesterday's Youth, a 10-bed addition to the Foyer Pere Fiset nursing home in Cheticamp.

With the addition of the residential care facility level beds, Foyer Pere Fiset is now home to 71 people.

"This addition will enable Cheticamp area residents to receive the care they need in a facility that feels like home," said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. "It's particularly fitting that this addition is being officially opened on the 40th anniversary of the facility."

The Yesterday's Youth addition reflects the province's new design standards which emphasize one and two-storey buildings with access to green space and homier surroundings. The design also enables couples who require care to live together in the same household.

"Living in a neighbourhood with just 10 people is much quieter and gives us a sense of security," said resident Marguerite Marie Chiasson. "This is a perfect home."

The addition is a self-contained household with a kitchen, living room and dining room. Residents have private rooms with their own wheelchair accessible washroom. A new outdoor garden can be accessed from the addition.

"There was a definitive need for residential care in the Cheticamp area," said Mike MacDougall, chair of the Inverness County Housing Authority. "Staff were terrific in dealing with the construction that took place while continuing to provide excellent care."

The addition will provide employment for eight new staff. The 10 beds opening at Foyer Pere Fiset are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout the province.

Access to the Foyer Pere Fiset and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health and Wellness's Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.

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A 10-bed addition to a nursing home in Cheticamp officially opened today (June 28th) offering more seniors the opportunity to stay in their community.

The addition to Foyer Pere Fiset reflects the province's new design standards which emphasize homier surroundings, private rooms with their own washroom and access to green space.

Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald says the addition will enable residents to receive the care and support they need in a facility that feels like home.

The 10 beds are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout the province.

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