ACF13407

Senior's Wheelchair Accessible Bus-Kennebec Manor

  • Submitted by:

    Kim Shaw

    Organization:

    Kings Way LifeCare Alliance

    Location:

    Saint John, N.B. E2K 4N1

  • Idea Created:

    September 24, 2012

    Budget:

    Medium ($50K - 100K)

Overview:

Overview

Imagine……..enjoying a drive to see the Christmas lights, and without notice, your car breaks down…….. 

Unfortunately, our residents have experienced this time and again with our former Wheelchair Accessible Bus.  Since the beginning of this competition, we have made the decision to park our bus - too expensive to repair.  A large number of our seniors are wheelchair bound and cannot disembark on their own.  This caused undue stress and at times they were stranded for hours.  Now, they are stranded for good.  A bus can be borrowed occasionally from another home, but often times it is in use.   

Over the years, our community has come forth to fundraise for a new bus, but unfortunately the majority of the money went towards repairs. 

Kennebec Manor is a long term care facility that is over 30 years old.  We currently have 70 residents.  It is situated in the north end of Saint John, New Brunswick. 

As an organization, we believe everyone deserves to have quality of life – to be happy, content and fulfilled.  People are generally happier and healthier when they are able to continue with their every day life and contribute to their family and community.

Our values and guiding principles in our home underscores our commitment to change the way we do things so that individuals will not have to endure such loneliness, boredom and helplessness.  It is our mission for those individuals living in our home to be able to enjoy life just as we do every day.  

Impact

Transporting our residents to medical appointments in a number of cases can be a matter of life and death.  We need to ensure they receive their necessary dialysis and other treatments.   The cost of using an ambulance today is approximately $260 a round trip.

Living on the coastline of the Bay of Fundy, the Saint John River and Kennebecasis River’s, many of our residents benefit from visiting the coastline for the salt air, watching the sea dogs, surf and sailboats, etc. 

Saint John is a caring area.  Many local businesses provide free tickets to their events engaging our residents in this community.  Many of whom are indeed long time community members and volunteers themselves.  Attending social events is vital for personal growth, pleasure and health. 

It would also allow us to take residents and family members out together – family activities are still possible with a bus. 

Likelihood of Success We know from past experience the benefit of our long-term care residents being able to get away from their daily surroundings and being part of the community.  The ease of stress from family members knowing that their loved one is getting to medical appointments is also comforting.

Longevity and Sustainability

The maintenance and servicing of the wheelchair accessible bus would be covered through our ongoing fundraising such as bake sales, Walk-A-Thons, etc. 

 Over the next 15 years, the projected lifespan of a good bus, we expect to care for over 450 residents at Kennebec Manor.