Madeline's son, Dennis Nelner, is transforming the roughly 2,square-foot house in Fort Simpson, N. He said he wanted seniors to have a place to receive day-to-day care — an option he said his mother would have wanted.
She lived with just one a kidney for decades. But eventually, Madeline needed frequent dialysis treatment and that meant she had to travel far from comfort to receive care in Yellowknife. Everybody would know her and say hello," he said.
Dennis plans to call the transformed home Ama's House — "ama" meaning "my mother" in Dene. It will be funded with the help of a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation program that supports existing community housing providers to continue to be viable.
Though the home won't necessarily cater to more complex medical needs, such as dialysis, it will still be an alternative for a few seniors who need assisted living but want to stay in the community. She said it's especially problematic since seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the territory — a fact that highlights the need for better living options for seniors.
Inthere were 5, people aged 60 or older in the territory, compared to when there were 2, people in that age cohort, according to government statistics. Of people over aged 60, As well, Montreuil said admissions to long-term care homes are done on a regional basis. Because of the rich cultural diversity from one community to another, that could mean a senior is placed in care in a community where they have no relatives and friends, and perhaps worse, they may speak a different language.
Montreuil said creating a small community assisted living home, like the one Dennis is creating, helps.
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But overall, there needs to be a large increase in assisted living options in the territory, including in-home care options, she said. For Dennis, who hopes to open the facility sometime next year, he said he's happy he can at least provide a space for some of the seniors in his community — just as his mother would have wanted.
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Already have an ? North Why a Fort Simpson man is transforming his mother's house into an assisted living facility Madeline Nelner always invited people into her home when they had nowhere else to go.
And now, even after the year-old died inher home will be used for just that. Social Sharing. Madeline Nelner always invited people into her home when they had nowhere else to go.
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