Sisu: Assisted Living for Sudbury's Seniors
Created October  5, 2011 by Kate Furlotte
Just because it’s not on the front page every day doesn’t mean the ALC crisis in Greater Sudbury has been resolved…far from it. Currently 8% of our community’s hospital beds are taken by seniors who don’t require 24-hour care, but who are unable to live on their own, have no place to go and no one to care for them.
As our seniors’ population grows, the need for beds grows with them. According to a study by the North East LHIN, as a community, we’ll need to provide an additional 336 beds per year for the next 25 years just to keep up with the demand.
What Greater Sudbury needs now is an Assisted Living Facility. Assisted living allows seniors to retain their independence in a traditional apartment setting, but with the benefit of assistance with day-to-day living in the form of medication reminders, personal support, and assistance with cooking, cleaning, laundry and other services.
As part of our ‘continuum of care’, the Lepokoti Assisted Living Apartments will contain 82 new Assisted Living units, along with a common room for meals, a large-capacity multi-purpose room and will be the home of the new Oliver G. Korpela Wellness Centre – a state of the art centre which not only serves the medical needs of our seniors, but facilitates programs to help them get well…and stay well.
We're now in the process of raising the $3 million needed to make this happen, and we need your help. While this won’t solve the crisis, it will help to alleviate it…and that’s a big step in the right direction.