Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat / Office of the Premier

New nursing home to open in September (10/07/08)

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July 8, 2010

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FREDERICTON (CNB) - Thomas Hall, a 72-bed nursing home that is part of Parkland Fredericton seniors' complex, will open in September.

Parkland Fredericton is the $30-million senior's complex owned and being built by Shannex New Brunswick Inc. Premier Shawn Graham and Minister of State for Seniors Cheryl Lavoie received an update while visiting the site today.

"This is a tremendous project for seniors and for job creation in the capital region," said Graham. "We are very excited about the opening of the new 72-bed nursing home in September. This will just about eliminate the waiting list for nursing home beds in the Fredericton region. Our partnership with Shannex Inc. has helped seniors around the province move out of hospitals and into a real home setting. It is a terrific accomplishment in improving the lives of our seniors."

Located at 35 Patience Ln., Parkland Fredericton comprises Thomas Hall; Governor Hall, a 69-suite traditional retirement residence, and Brunswick Hall, a 60-suite assisted-living residence.

"Our retirement home, Governor Hall, has opened with great success," said Jason Shannon, chief operating officer, Shannex Inc. "Based on our past experience in both Riverview and Quispamsis, for our clients and our employees, we are also excited about the fall opening of our licensed nursing home at Thomas Hall."

Thomas Hall residents will enjoy a fully-furnished, spacious private suite complete with a wheelchair-accessible washroom and shower; and a living area with large windows offering a great deal of natural light.

Wide hallways with handrails will allow room for wheelchairs and for those who need assistance with walking. The interior will be decorated with soft vinyl flooring, natural wood and neutral colours to create a warm atmosphere.

Thomas Hall will employ about 100 full- and part-time staff and is expected to be fully occupied when it opens.

Shannex New Brunswick Inc. has opened two more retirement-living campuses in the province this year: Parkland Riverview in Riverview and Parkland in the Valley in Quispamsis. The projects are part of a $112-million Shannex initiative that will result in the opening of 216 new nursing home beds in New Brunswick in 2010.

The public-private-partnership with Shannex New Brunswick Inc. represents a new model for senior care in New Brunswick referred to as "aging in place," which allows the elderly to live at one location and move from one facility to another as their needs increase. The partnership supports the province's long-term care strategy, Be Independent Longer.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522; Jason Shannon, chief operating officer, Shannex Inc., 902-446-8468.

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