TWO BIG STEPS FORWARD ON KINVILLAGE’S REDEVELOPMENT PLANS
KinVillage’s plans for gradually redeveloping its site recently took two more giant steps forward.
Back in January 2017, KinVillage’s Board of Directors approved its ambitious Master Plan to guide redevelopment of KinVillage’s site and buildings over the next 20+ years. Since KinVillage is serving the South Delta community in buildings approaching 40 years old, and the needs of older adults in our community have and will continue to change, we need to be proactive in preparing for the future. The Master Plan was a big step towards this. Recently, there have been two more.
On November 9, 2018, we were thrilled to receive word from BC Housing that our application to build more affordable housing under its Building BC Community Housing Fund was approved. Our application was to create a new apartment building, with 160 suites, on the parking lot between North and Vidal Courts. The next step of our planning process, which is now underway, includes assessing and fine-tuning our initial proposal. Suites in the new building will be occupied by older adults, or younger people with disabilities, who live on low to moderate incomes and are able to live independently. Our current timeline for construction to begin is fall 2020, with building occupancy by fall 2022.
On January 29th this year, following a thorough municipal process that included two public forums, Delta City Council approved KinVillage’s application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP). The new OCP provides the framework critical for KinVillage to continue providing affordable homes and a range of health and wellness services for a growing number of older adults. The new OCP allows for increased density and building height. As a result, over the next 20 years, KinVillage expects to more than double the number of older adults and younger people with disabilities living here. KinVillage currently provides 310 suites, with almost two-thirds of these offering a range of health services; the OCP allows for a total of almost 800 suites. We also hope to expand our Day Program for Older Adults and consider providing other “ancillary” services on site that would be valued by KinVillage residents and potentially by residents of the broader community. Our future includes underground parking and continued connections through our site to the neighbouring Winskill Park.
While our immediate focus is on Phase 1, the North Court Redevelopment project, we will continue to engage with our partners, such as Fraser Health and the City, to identify, advocate and plan for subsequent phases towards realizing the long-term vision presented in the Master Plan.
Minister of Seniors, Minister Filomena Tassi and Minister Carla Qualtrough tour KinVillage
KinVillage was honoured to welcome Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Minister Carla Qualtrough, MP for Delta, for a tour of KinVillage on February 12, 2019. The Ministers had the opportunity to learn about KinVillage’s upcoming redevelopment and plans for the future. As the Ministers’ toured KinVillage, several of our residents and volunteers had the chance to visit with our special guests and chat about their experience at KinVillage.
2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
L to R, Back Row – Ron Dumouchelle, Sharon Farrish, Vicki Huntington, Donna Ellis, Kerry Bentley, Lois Wilkinson, Jordan Kinghorn.
L To R, Front Row – Dennis DesLauriers, Karla Rockwell, Peter Dandyk
On September 25th, 2018 the KinVillage Association held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Community Centre.
Three new Directors – Karla Rockwell, Lois Wilkinson and Ron Dumouchelle – were appointed and welcomed to the Board. We also extended a big thank you for their contributions to departing Board members.
Board Chair Dennis DesLauriers and CEO Donna Ellis reported on highlights of the 2017/18 fiscal year. Should you wish to read the full presentations shared with Association members at the AGM they are available to download below.
Click the link below to download the CEO report for 2018
L to R – Back Row: Kerry Bentley, Vicki Huntington, Dennis DesLauriers (Chair), Peter Dandyk, Rick Lewall, Laurie Collicutt, Jordan Kinghorn L to R – Front Row: Linda Thomas, Donna Ellis (CEO), Sharon Farrish (Vice-Chair) Absent: Lillian Alexus
On September 12th, KinVillage Association held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Community Centre.
Board of Directors, Dennis DesLauriers, and CEO Donna Ellis reported on highlights of the 2017/18 fiscal year.
We would like to welcome the 3 new board members joining us this year: Laurie Collicutt, Vicki Huntington, and Linda Thomas.
We thank Roger Everett, Lisa Burt-Paxton, and Randy May for their contributions to the board.
If you are interested in reading the reports presented, please download the PDF documents below.
Thank you to those that were in attendance. We hope to see you soon.
You may recall that in November KinVillage hosted some information sessions to share initial thoughts on how KinVillage’s site may evolve in the years ahead.
A total of 84 people participated – 17 from the general public, 16 KinVillage residents, 10 staff, and 41 volunteers and/or members.
Feedback received was mostly positive. The main themes identified include:
• Support for the Master Plan, and expanded height and density, provided it remains a place for non-market seniors’ housing.
• A need for an on-site gathering space for both the public and residents.
• The need to accommodate all future parking needs.
• Retaining and expanding green space.
As a result of this feedback, the draft Master Plan shared at the information sessions was slightly revised. On January 24th, KinVillage’s Board of Directors approved the final Master Plan.
Being responsive to changing community needs and replacing aging buildings is a long and complex journey for KinVillage.
Redevelopment of the KinVillage site is anticipated to take 20 years plus, with the first phase of construction (on the North Court lot) commencing at earliest in 2020. Actual timing will be highly dependent on government support. In order for KinVillage to be successful in securing such support, it’s essential that we have a viable plan ready.
We now have a Master Plan – we’ve taken the first critical step!
KinVillage Board Director Honoured as Delta’s Citizen of the Year
Rick Lewall, KinVillage Board Director, was presented on November 25th with the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award at the Delta Chamber of Commerce Hats Off to Excellence Gala.
Rick was first elected to KinVillage’s Board in September 2012 and was reappointed in September 2015 for a second term. His family’s personal experiences with long-term residential care gave him the impetus to volunteer on the KinVillage Board. He was aware of KinVillage’s reputation for excellence in care and wanted to be an active part in continuing this legacy begun almost 40 years ago in Tsawwassen. Rick’s passion for making a difference in his community, as evidenced by his wide-ranging and significant volunteer contributions to a variety of organizations, made him an ideal candidate for the Board.
Rick currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Nominations Committee and as a member of the Redevelopment Committee. In the former, he promotes the effective governance of KinVillage by recruiting strong candidates to the Board and assisting with the orientation of all Directors. In the latter, he provides input about how the KinVillage site and programs will evolve over time to continue meeting the community’s changing needs. Aside from his more formal roles on the Board, Rick always welcomes opportunities to meet and hear directly from residents, clients, members, staff and volunteers at various events.
We’re grateful for Rick’s experience, commitment and many contributions to the KinVillage community and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition. Well done Rick!
The Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually by the Delta Chamber of Commerce to someone who has shown extraordinary leadership, dedication to and service commitment within Delta, has made a positive and recognizable impact in Delta, and is a source of inspiration, motivation and encouragement for others. For further information about the award, please go to http://www.deltachamber.ca/
Information Open House – KinVillage’s Master Plan
KinVillage is embarking on a Master Planning process to help guide the long-term future for our site.
Our goal is to develop an understanding of how we can best continue to serve our existing residents and clients while responding to changing community needs.
KinVillage has been serving South Delta for over 35 years and we need to think about the future so we will be positioned to, over the next 20 years or so, replace aging buildings and ensure we have the resources to do so.
Interested individuals are invited to join the conversation about the future of our site. In addition to sessions for our internal stakeholders (KinVillage residents and families, clients, members, staff and volunteers), a Public Information Open House is being held at the KinVillage Community Centre on:
November 24, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
There have been no submissions made to the Corporation of Delta; this is simply an opportunity to come and talk about some initial ideas.
Individuals from KinVillage and their consultants will be there to answer any questions and receive feedback. As further changes are contemplated to the KinVillage site, there will be additional opportunities to provide feedback.
KinVillage 2016 Annual General Meeting
L to R – Back Row: Sharon Farrish (Vice-Chair), Roger Everett,Kerry Bentley, Rick Lewall, Randy May, Jordan Kinghorn, Lillian AlexusL to R – Front Row: Dennis DesLauriers (Chair), Donna Ellis (CEO), Peter Dandyk Absent: Lisa Burt-Paxton
On September 13th, KinVillage Association held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Community Centre.
Board of Directors, Kerry Bentley, and CEO Donna Ellis reported on highlights of the 2016/17 fiscal year.
The same volunteers will continue to serve for another year on the Board of Directors. Dennis DesLauriers was appointed by the Board as its new Chair (replacing Kerry Bentley in that role) and Sharon Farrish was elected as Vice-Chair.
If you are interested in reading the reports presented, please download the PDF documents below.
Thank you to those that were in attendance. We hope to see you soon.
We’re delighted to announce that on June 27, 2016, Dr. Christine Gemeinhardt, Medical Coordinator of KinVillage’s Long-term Residential Care Home, received the Health Care Hero Award from the Health Care Employers’ Association of B.C. (HEABC)
Award with KinVillage Team
The BC Health Care Awards were created in 2007 to celebrate successes and achievements in BC’s health care system and to recognize people providing outstanding care and support. Seven Health Care Hero Awards are presented annually, with just one winner chosen from among the 250 affiliate providers in the province, one of which is KinVillage.
Dr. Gemeinhardt is a Family Physician who has dedicated herself to improving the care of elder individuals who are frail and living in the community, and, in particular, those in residential care. She has served as Medical Coordinator of KinVillage’s Long-Term Residential Care for over 8 years, contributing in countless ways to improving the lives of Residents, families and her colleagues. She is compassionate and dedicated to our Residents, unwavering in her commitment to offer support to their family members; a valued team member, she’s an inspiration and a mentor to her colleagues.
Notably, KinVillage is recognized for its success in significantly reducing unnecessary transfers of Residents to emergency rooms and for reducing the number of medications KinVillage Residents take by focusing on most appropriate treatments, goals of care and quality of life. Dr. Gemeindhardt encourages her co-workers and colleagues to view their work through a different lens, to challenge the status quo, and to relentlessly strive for improvement in care. She initiates and provides effective leadership for quality improvement projects at KinVillage aimed at ensuring high quality of care of frail older adults. It’s hard work at times, though as Dr. Gemeinhardt says “We have fun and love what we do.”
Dr. Christine Gemeinhardt
Dr. Gemeinhardt provides leadership locally, regionally, and beyond in her efforts to advance care of the elderly. She is the Residential Care Physician lead with the Delta Division of Family Practice, actively participates in regional and provincial care initiatives, and regularly presents to her peers at medical conferences.
She is recognized as a dedicated leader and an outstanding example of someone who spares no effort in seeking out the highest quality of care for seniors, and particularly for those who are frailest in our society. Said Dr. Larry Gustafson, former Regional Medical Director of Residential Care in Fraser Health: “Dr. Gemeinhartdt exemplifies the skills, qualities and commitment that demonstrate unique and exemplary competence in Care of the Elderly in the community, hospital and in residential care. Notable is her readiness to share learnings to inspire, encourage and enable others.”
KinVillage is committed to excellence in providing person-centred care and we know this can only be achieved through a strong team approach. In residential care, an area in which physician engagement has historically been challenging, we feel very blessed to have Dr. Gemeinhardt’s involvement and leadership on our team. While we are grateful to and celebrate each and every member of our team, we are all delighted that “one of ours”, Dr. Christine Gemeinhardt, has been recognized with this very special award. She IS our Health Care Hero!
For more information, you can watch the B.C. Health Care Award’s inspiring video about Dr. Christine Gemeinhardt and her work at KinVillage.
KinVillage Achieves Exemplary Standing in Accreditation
Accreditation Canada has awarded KinVillage Association Exemplary Standing, its highest level. This distinction recognizes KinVillage as an organization that exceeds the rigorous requirements of the accreditation program and demonstrates excellence in quality improvement.
Accreditation Canada, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps “raise the bar for health quality” and has four levels of awards: Not Accredited, Accredited, Accredited with Commendation, and Accredited with Exemplary Standing. For more than 55 years, it has set standards for quality and safety in health care and currently accredits more than 1,100 health care and social service organizations in Canada and around the world.
Following an extensive self-assessment earlier this year, in October 2015, accreditation surveyors visited KinVillage. Their review of KinVillage’s health programs (Long-term Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Day Program for Older Adults), leadership and governance included one-on-one discussions with staff, residents, clients and their families, documentation reviews and conversations with community partners. Surveyors compared KinVillage’s clinical and administrative services and processes against 5 sets of standards. This in-depth process resulted in Accreditation Canada indicating KinVillage had, remarkably, met 100% of the almost 500 criteria.
Additionally, KinVillage achieved the standards for all of Accreditation Canada’s Required Organizational Practices (ROPs). These evidence-based practices addressing high-priority areas that are central to quality and safety include safety culture, communication, medication use, worklife/workforce, infection control and risk assessment. Organizations must have these practices in place to enhance resident/client safety and minimize risk. Compliance with each ROP test is a requirement in order to attain exemplary status; KinVillage met them all.
“The achievement of Exemplary Standing is shared by all of our staff and volunteers who work to embed the high quality requirements of Accreditation everyday in the care and services we provide for our residents, clients and their family members” said Donna Ellis, CEO of KinVillage. “We regularly solicit feedback to continually monitor the quality and safety of our programs and services. This recognition by Accreditation Canada validates our diligence for providing the highest level of care and support to those we serve and our collective commitment to continuously improve. “
KinVillage Chair Kerry Bentley recognized the dedication of and exceptional contributions made by the organization’s staff and volunteers. “I commend all staff for the role they played in delivering this outstanding result. We are proud to provide such high quality service for older adults in the South Delta community.”
In their final report, the surveyors specifically praised:
KinVillage’s friendly, caring and knowledgeable staff,
the close working relationships with families,
its strong community connections and support,
the strength of the volunteer program,
its clean, welcoming homes that are graced by lovely gardens and courtyards, and
the commendable teamwork to meet resident/client goals and needs.
The report quoted a community partner who, over the years, has had several family members as residents at KinVillage: “When my time comes, I want to live here!”
The Exemplary Standing award is evidence of KinVillage’s commitment to quality and safety in all aspects of its operations – from board and leadership, to care, services and infrastructure. KinVillage’s approach to Accreditation and quality improvement works. The time and resources invested in the accreditation journey pay off in terms of better care, safer clients and stronger teamwork.
KinVillage’s Assisted Living housing provides a secure and caring environment. Its services make it possible to live a very high quality of life with inclusions of health and wellness support.
Hospitality services include two meals a day, ½ HR housekeeping and flat linens and towels laundered.
Care services include daytime Nurse onsite, night time Care Aid, a 24-hour response for health care needs, medication and health care assistance. Personal care services are also available to assist residents with daily living tasks.
Recreational services include a dedicated program run by a Recreation Coordinator onsite. Various daily scheduled activities are coordinated for anyone who wishes to participate.
The assisted living apartments at KinVillage provide seniors with a level of service and support that provides security and autonomy. Here is an overview of what is included:
Two meals per day are provided in the dining room located on the first floor. Serving times allow for reasonable flexibility and snacks and beverages are available. Breakfast is available for an additional $2.00.
A variety of food choices are offered in order to accommodate preference. Diets with special needs are also provided. Staff will have access to consultation with professionals who can provide advice on the therapeutic diet requirements of individual tenants.
Tenants experiencing episodic illness or injury may have meals delivered to their room for a limited time.
Sheets and towels are laundered once per week. If residents are unable to do their personal laundry using the laundry rooms on each floor, and additional laundry service is available for a fee.
Approx. ½ hour of suite cleaning and bed making once per week at an allotted time.
Medication administration and reminders
Treatments as necessary
24-hour care staff on-site
24-hour emergency response service with LifeLine (pendant and wall unit in suite)
Skin care, nail care and hair care are all available at additional costs. Residents must book appointments to see the Foot care nurse, hair dresser and dermatologist.
It’s easy to stay connected and active at KinVillage. Our “village” includes a senior’s community centre right next door which is also open to all adults in the area! Assisted Living Residents have the best of two words, with access to senior-focused programming through their own program (classes, fitness, dances, billiards, games, outings etc.), they also have access to those offered at the community centre such as events (movies, dances, book sale etc.), the Unique Boutique (gently used clothing store) and the Urban Cafe (well-priced coffee/tea, meals and snacks).
There are 4 residential buildings and a senior’s community centre on the KinVillage site. All buildings are close walking distance to one another and quite close to most amenities. Many people walk to do grocery shopping or to health appointments while others make use of the KinVillage shuttle.
South Court is home to all Assisted Living residents – and it really feels like home. With 68 suites (ranging from 430 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft.), these private, lockable apartments with balconies or patios provide a comfortable, homey environment. Larger suites are available for couples.
This is an extremely friendly place where friendships flourish, interests grow and people enjoy life. All apartments are self-contained unfurnished one bedroom suites with safe bathroom features, a full kitchen, living/dining area and a balcony or patio. LifeLine provides help and security with a wearable pendant and wall mounted call unit.
Buildings are non-smoking with designated external areas. While we welcome visits from pets, they are not permitted to live in the suites.
Apply for Housing at KinVillage
To access this government funded housing + health + wellness living option, you must contact the Fraser Health Authority at: