Sunday, January 10, 2016

BayBridge Senior Living- A True Community Engagement Based Development

The Hamiltonian Publisher Teresa DiFalco (far left) 
with staff from BayBridge and MP Bob Bratina
Stoney Creek seniors packed an information luncheon this past Friday at the Stoney Creek Legion, hosted by BayBridge Senior Living. The gathering was to promote the new Senior Living complex in the heart of Stoney Creek, where the infamous Stoney Creek Dairy once stood. Respecting the site’s rich history, the complex will feature its own dairy bar.

An informative and fun presentation was delivered by Alison Keller, Site Development Ambassador who is charged with promoting the new complex and engaging its stakeholders to ensure the complex fits,  and is embraced by the community.

This five story seniors living complex, will be tailor-designed to meet the needs of seniors, to enable them to live independently, stay connected to the community, and have an array of choices and services at their fingertips. The complex offers three neighborhood lifestyle options to choose from:

1. Independent Living (enabling seniors to enjoy an active life free of household chores knowing support is available if needed)
2. Assisted Living (enabling seniors to live in a cozy neighborhood where activities and dining are right down the hall with a dedicated wellness team providing supports 24/7)
3. Memory Care (baling seniors living with dementia or memory loss to be safe and comfortable with caring experts to help them make the most of each day)

The care team has established a wellness program designed on seven dimensions of wellness: physical - social - emotional - spiritual - intellectual - vocational - and environmental.

The Executive Team includes: Jennifer Sarkis as Executive Director, and Cory Stirett and Jennifer Turgeon as the Community Relations Directors. They will run the new complex, which is expected to open its doors in November of this year.

Guest speakers included MP Bob Bratina, MPP Paul Miller, and City Councillor Doug Conley. I was joined by my dear friends Josie Kozun, Pat Wilk, Dorothy Desroches, and Heather Slattery. I shared a table with Soni Chachad, Community Leader for First Ontario Credit Union, Audie McCarthy, Mohawk College Enterprise (and Past President of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce), Marie Robins (past candidate for Ward 9), and two lovely seniors from Mount Hope.

Peele Winery was on hand to provide free samples of their wines during the service of a delicious meal, which , of course included desert of peaches and ice-cream.

This community engagement based project will strive to make each resident feel like family and an integral part of the community. Each resident will receive a personalized support plan designed to their specific needs and wants. Interested seniors are being encouraged to contact the Presentation Centre for more information at 905-664-8444 or visit their website at stoneycreekseniorliving.ca for more information and to request a personal one on one interview.

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Teresa DiFalco
Publisher, The Hamiltonian

1 comment:

  1. Very good write up Teresa. Nice to see you in the picture. Sounds like a good organization.


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