Our Parents' Place
A brand new housing facility in downtown Edmonton caters to the needs of Jewish seniors
Monday, Sep 07, 2015 06:00 am
Our Parents Home is a 14-story modern building that was built to meet the needs of Jewish seniors in the heart of downtown. All religious denominations are welcome to apply and most residents began to move in in early August. Our Parents Home is owned by a not for profit society by the same name. “The building has been designed to feel like a boutique hotel,” says the Society’s Acting Executive Director, Lesley Jacobson.
The main floor has a 24-hour concierge desk, full service kosher dining room and mail room. The wide hallways, lack of doors and carefully designed furniture make the space comfortable and easy to access. There are 80 fully contained one and two bedroom independent living suites, each with its own laundry, full kitchen and living space. The suites are open and modern, with traditional touches so that residents are comfortable. The monthly fee includes 20 meals that residents can use or share with visitors. Residents have access to an Alberta Health Services office, a hair salon and a fitness room. The medical office will have rotating doctors. The fourteenth floor is an open space with views of the city and river valley, which are close enough to explore on foot. There is an activity space where residents can take fitness classes or attend lectures. The bistro area is a perfect place to meet for coffee or tea in the morning while reading the paper. Finally, there is a lounge with a piano and access to a small terrace where residents can have barbeques and enjoy the outdoors. The space on the fourteenth floor is designed to bring residents out of their rooms and into the community. “It is important that people aren’t isolated,” says Jacobson. “The large communal space gives residents that opportunity to visit, play games, or relax with a book.”
In addition to independent living suites, there are 17 supported living suites for seniors who are ambulatory but may need assistance with getting dressed or bathing. The supported living floor has a small lounge and place to eat. Each room has a microwave, fridge and sink so that residents can prepare snacks. The large, private bath is wheelchair accessible. There are also 33 memory care suites. The two memory care floors are locked so residents cannot leave on their own. People with memory problems can easily get hurt when they wander to unsafe places. Jacobson points out a memory box directly outside each room where residents can put personal items that will help them find their room if they become disorientated. As with the supported living floor, these floors have a nursing station so that there is always someone on hand to help when needed. Residents have access to a large veranda that has been designed to meet their special needs. The final set of rooms are the respite rooms, which are specially designed to help people who care for seniors at home. One of the challenges of caring for loved ones who need assistance is finding ways to go out of town to visit family and friends. Caregivers need the opportunity to have a rest from the often difficult job of caring for older parents. The respite rooms are a place where seniors can stay and get the support they need while their caregivers can look after themselves.
Our Parents Home has thoughtfully made safe, comfortable living available to its residents. The carefully thought out space is a beautiful addition to downtown Edmonton.