Seniors will be able to stay in their
community longer with the official opening, June 16, of Cobblestone and
Thistledown Cottages, a 28-bed addition to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing
Home in Antigonish.
|Nursing Home Addition Opens in
June 30, 2011
With the addition, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is now
home to 137 residents.
“This addition will enable residents to receive the
care and support they need in a facility that feels like home,” said
Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald.
Cobblestone and Thistledown Cottages 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 nursing home care to live together in
the same household.
“My first impression of the
new cottage Thistledown, my new home to be, is that it looks like a
five-star hotel,” said R. K. MacDonald resident Mary Deon. “I can’t wait
to move in.”
The two cottages are self-contained households,
Cobblestone with 13 residents and Thistledown with 15 residents. Both
have a kitchen, living room and dining room. Residents have private room
with their own wheelchair accessible washroom. An outdoor garden can be
accessed from the cottages.
“The opening of the beautiful Cobblestone and
Thistledown Cottages begins a new era in the lives of our residents,”
said Joe Martell, chair of the nursing home’s board. “We are very
excited for them.”
The addition will provide employment for 34
The 28 beds opening at R.K. MacDonald 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 Nova
Access to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home 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.