Cholly Boland says the new Dundas Manor building design has been informed by the pandemic.
“We’ve learned a lot from this whole COVID experience, so we want to make sure our new building reflects that,” the long-term care facility’s Chief Executive Officer says.
According to Boland, there are three new features in the design for the new manor building that are meant to protect residents from viruses like COVID-19.
“One is enhanced ventilation, to make sure there’s a more rapid exchange of air through the place,” he says.
“There’s going to be [personal protective equipment] stations, much more prevalent than before COVID, and just as important, almost all the rooms are going to be private.”
He says the new room designs will allow them to be closed off individually.
“If there’s an outbreak, if people have some type of infection condition, there can be a little bit of isolation without too much social isolation.”
Construction on the new facility is expected to start next year.