Creating a Main Street at Northwood
In 2015, a working group was formed to take a look at transforming the space on our main floor to better reflect a person centred approach to care and a greater sense of community. The goal was to improve the quality of life for our client and make more effective of the space we had. Objectives included:
- Exploring opportunities to foster a more homelike environment in our buildings.
- Dedicate prime real estate in our buildings to programs and services for our clients and community.
- Identify space currently available and look for at new opportunities to increase space.
- Maximize space available and develop a vibrant Main Street at both Campuses.
The work is starting to pay off. The Main floor of the Manor has a modern, new look, making it more inviting area for visitors who enter from Gottingen Street. Thanks to funding from the Live More Awards, the Fitness Centre was redesigned as a dementia friendly facility open to the entire community. By moving Volunteer Resources and the Community Centre to the Manor, Northwood created a new community hub that brings together our community focused resources in one area and provides greater access to meeting space for our partners. More recently, work was completed on our Adult Day program area to create an inviting new space for participants.
The main floor of the Centre is also starting to take shape. Northwood’s Mental Health support program, “Seeds of Success” is located in an area that once housed offices. Other changes will transform the Main floor into a “Main Street” of programs and services for clients. Work on Kaye’s Place, a therapeutic space dedicated to residents with dementia and their families, is slated to begin soon and giving NWBC a more prominent presence along Main Street will increase their profile and exposure to the community.