Burlington’s Carpenter Hospice will be putting shovels in the ground next month in an effort to better cope with changing health care needs.
The end of life care facility will be taking on a project estimated at 2.7 million dollars.
Executive Director, Karen Candy says this includes the addition of a new wing where its 10 resident rooms will be relocated.
“Which we’re really proud,” she says smiling “will allow our residents to be wheeled right outside in their bed so they can feel the sun on their face or the breeze or the rain.”
The existing space will be renovated to better accommodate both family and residents.
“Everyone has heard about our aging population and so what that translates to is an increase for demand in services and certainly since we started our outreach back in around 2007 we have seen a constant increase in demand.”
Candy says the hospice is busting at the seams in terms of program space.
This includes the bereavement and outreach work that is currently being held in the St. Steven United Church basement, adjacent to the hospice.
Chair of the organization, Nigel Jacobs, says the renovation will allow those services to come back under one roof.
There is also consideration being given to the addition of an 11th room, due to a shift in demographics.
Jacobs notes this depends largely upon funding.
“Over the last seven, eight years we’ve faithfully been saving our pennies, being prudent, being frugal and just making sure we can fund this ourselves.”
Jacobs points to the community and business donations that have rolled in, making it all possible.
The project is expected to reach completion by the end of 2017.