Since the 2007 announcement of the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Seniors' Services (CEISS) to be located on the Hogarth Riverview Manor site in Thunder Bay, St. Joseph’s Care Group has been given the mandate to develop this exciting project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, the North West Local Health Integration Network, the City of Thunder Bay, the District Social Services Administration Board, the North West Community Care Access Centre and other community agencies.
The Centre of Excellence for Integrated Seniors' Services evolved after the City of Thunder Bay made a decision to return 300 of its municipally-run, long-term care beds (located in Dawson Court and Grandview Lodge) to the Province of Ontario in January 2009. These long-term care beds will remain open until the new CEISS facility is operational.
St. Joseph’s Care Group has consulted extensively with the business community, academic institutions, unions, physicians, residents, families and other healthcare agencies to ensure the most innovative programs and practices are in place when the CEISS opens.
The CEISS project includes:
- Enhanced services for existing supportive housing units at the P. R. Cook Apartments and Jasper Place
- Community support services for an additional 120 clients, provided by the North West Community Care Access Centre
- Sister Leila Greco Apartments - 132 new supportive housing apartments
- 544 long-term care beds, including 64 beds for seniors in the North West requiring management of responsive behaviours (i.e., dementia), 300 beds to replace those the City of Thunder Bay will be closing, and Bethammi Nursing Home redevelopment.
This innovative seniors’ project is the first of its kind in Ontario. The project began in September 2007 and, to date, enhanced services for existing supportive housing clients, community support services for an additional 120 clients, and the transitional supportive housing program at McKellar Place are already meeting urgent needs in our community.
The Sister Leila Greco Apartments opened in January 2013. Interested seniors can contact the North West Community Care Access Centre at (807) 766-2814 or 1-800-626-5406 to book an assessment.