On November 16th, 2018, the Wales Home Foundation’s President, Mr. Jim Thompson, announced the results for the first year of its current three-year campaign, which aims to raise $6.5 million to finance the expansion of the Wales Home’s long-term care units (CHSLD Wales Inc.). Recognized as the oldest senior’s residence in the province of Quebec, the Wales Home prepares to celebrate one hundred years of care and is undergoing a significant transformation for the next century. To meet the demands of the aging English-speaking community, the Wales Home is expanding its long-term care units from eighty-four to ninety-six CHSLD beds.
As stated by the President last week, we are proud to announce that over $1.9 million has been raised for the CHSLD Wales expansion. Although this three-year campaign was launched specifically to raise funds for the long-term care construction, the Foundation also announced that a recent donation of over $1.3 million was received to fund the ongoing renovations of the two ambulatory units designed for autonomous and semi-autonomous seniors living in the private seniors’ residence.
During the campaign launch, those present were invited to tour one of the new CHSLD wings; modern private rooms equipped with their own washroom, ceiling lifts which transfer residents from bed to washroom, LED-lit handrails, a new bathing facility, a nursing office, a large solarium overlooking the valley with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, as well as garbage and laundry chutes were among some of the impressive new features. Attendees were also able to view the geo-exchange system which will heat the facility in the winter and provide cool air in the summer months. This type of heating and cooling will substantially reduce consumption of electricity and operating costs for energy as well as provide a comfortable environment for those living and working on the units.