- Written by Administrator
LNGCLNG Canada has been a committed supporter of the Kitimat Dementia Home Project from early in its planning processes and has provided financial support that is critically important to moving the project forward. Their funding support has been strategic and well considered to the needs of the community.
They have also been generous in their advice and support for project promotion and community engagement projects.
- LNG Canada has provided $500,000 toward the construction of the project. Part of those funds will be devoted to building outdoor gardens and recreation areas for the residents
- Garden areas are important to the quality of life of the residents and must be designed to acknowledge the challenges of dementia.
- Residents will be able to "garden" if they wish with raised beds and a small greenhouse to make the exercise easier.
- Walkways will be designed to avoid tripping hazards. They will be circular in design without "dead ends" and will always return residents to the main patio.
- A gazebo will provide a sheltered meeting area.
- A workshop with a donated vehicle will provide those who enjoyed working with their hands a place to "putter" and build.
- Any remaining funds will be devoted to other aspects of the build.
- LNG Canada has also provided $50,000 for community engagement and education. KVHS and LNGC agree that this is a critical aspect of any successful project of this type.
- LNG Canada has also provided Kitimat Valley Institute with a $200,000 grant dedicated to the training of Care Aides for the region.
- The Kitimat Dementia Home will require Care Aides to operate. The current demand for Care Aides is high and they are difficult to find and retain.
- The Care Aide educational program not only benefits the Kitimat Dementia Home Pilot Project, but will also provide assistance to existing Kitimat health care needs.