These past 21 months, as we have all dealt with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge that it has been a difficult year, and offer compassion to those who are struggling in challenging times. At KinVillage, this season is particularly important as we honor the immense contributions that older persons have made to our community.
The robust programs and services at KinVillage are funded by government and user fees which cover the basic standards. However, in order to provide programs and services to support seniors living life to the fullest, donations are needed to fund the continuum of health services, housing, and wellness programs with a nurturing sense of community for our residents and clients.
Additional financial aid helps ensure that older adults continue to receive essential supports. The future of KinVillage needs the community’s help. Gifts will be tax deductible and will be used to boost enhanced programs and services, purchase needed medical equipment, and make physical plant upgrades to the living environment.
The KinVillage redevelopment and expansion project is also on the horizon, where once complete, the multi-phase master campus will more than double the number of residential units for seniors.
Year-end donations this holiday season will ensure the continued enhancement of KinVillage as a place to not only call home, but a vibrant community where older adults experience life lived to the fullest.
THIS YEAR CONNECT WITH OLDER PERSONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Each year, Canadians celebrate the contributions of seniors on October 1st which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.
The pandemic has certainly raised awareness of the challenges of aging in today’s world and also shined a spotlight on the opportunities to enhance the lives of older adults.
As we begin to find a new normal, we have an opportunity to not only rethink seniors living environments and age friendly cities, but to reconsider our attitudes toward older persons and the impact of an aging population on society.
Seniors rely on places like the community center at Kin Village. Reopening requires volunteers who are increasingly being welcomed back to support onsite programs and outreach services that help seniors extend their independence aging at home. Likewise, volunteers are needed in assisted living and long-term care adding companionship and meaningful socialization helping supplement therapeutic programs and recreational activities.
Connecting in person with older people, members of your family, your neighbors, and other people that you know in the community is vital. Everyone has a story to tell and listening to theirs is always valued building a friendship bond.
Volunteer with seniors in activities that you are passionate about and have fun whether it’s a walking group, book club, teaching exercise classes, or sharing your arts and crafts expertise. Older people like new experiences just as much as younger people.
If you have a pet, animal therapy has incredible impacts for older people living in care who desire the simple act of petting a dog or holding a cat. Likewise, helping seniors access musical set lists is therapeutic often bringing back words and reminiscing about younger years.
This Seniors Day, let’s make a commitment to connect with older persons in our lives, bring joy to their day and give hope for a better tomorrow.
DELTA PUBLIC HEARING FOR KINVILLAGE NORTH COURT REDEVELOPMENT
The City of Delta held a Public Hearing on Thursday, September 9 2021 for the KinVillage North Court Redevelopment (NCRD) project. The NCRD is the first phase of a master plan that has been in the works since 2016 and has received preliminary approvals for funding through Building BC: Community Housing Fund with BC Housing.
The proposal discussed at this Public Hearing was for the Application for Rezoning, Development Variance Permit and Development Permit in order to permit subdivision and development of a 152 unit, four- to six-storey seniors’ affordable rental apartment building with one level of underground parking. The rental building includes three rent classifications: rent-geared-to-income units (50 percent of units), affordable market rentals (30 percent of units), and deep subsidy rentals (20 percent of units) with indoor amenity spaces, common balcony spaces and laundry rooms on each floor. The building will also include a 5000 sq ft space for a day program for older adults, as well as a 1000 sq ft office area.
Now that the project has received 3rd reading from Council, detailed design work can commence in advance of a building permit application. The project also requires a number of approvals from BC Housing related to the design and project budget before construction can begin.
Kin Village looks forward to continue working towards the construction of the new housing complex.
KinVillage welcomes Dan Levitt, health leader, as its new CEO effective September 7, 2021.
Dan Levitt has an extensive background on aging and seniors care as an international speaker, author, researcher, academic and as a health care leader in British Columbia.
Levitt succeeds Donna Ellis who has led KinVillage as its CEO for the past eleven years. Ellis has been instrumental in developing KinVillage’s strategic directions and future vision that defines a multi-phase, multi-year master plan renewal and expansion of its housing, care programs and wellness services in response to changing and growing community needs. When the master plan is completed over the next 20 to 25 years, KinVillage will more than double the number of homes provided for older adults and younger people with disabilities, from 310 to almost 800 suites.
As stated by Dennis DesLauriers, President of KinVillage’s Board of Directors: “KinVillage has had the privilege of working over the past decade with Donna Ellis who has been instrumental in confirming our place as a leader in seniors care, housing, and wellness in the community and region. We are delighted to welcome Dan Levitt to continue providing leadership excellence, especially as we move towards a new era of prolonged growth and redevelopment.”
KinVillage is currently planning the North Court redevelopment, a 152-suite building, as the first phase of its master plan. It will significantly increase the level of affordable housing that KinVillage provides and begin addressing the growing waiting list of those who want to live here. The North Court redevelopment also presents KinVillage with the immediate opportunity to move and expand its popular and over-subscribed Day Program for Older Adults.
This project will include a significant investment by government, and with the anticipated support of the surrounding community through A Caring Community for Seniors, a capital campaign will launch following Levitt’s arrival. This expansion in KinVillage’s impact comes at a pivotal moment with the heightened recognition of the importance of seniors’ programs given our aging society, and the concerns arising from the serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quality healthcare and housing for seniors, and supports to combat social isolation and loneliness and to encourage independence and choice are critical matters throughout British Columbia and across Canada. Nearly one-third of all Canadians are defined as seniors, with over 40% of the residents in South Delta in this growing demographic. The pandemic has highlighted the extreme consequences of failing to provide adequate care and support for vulnerable populations, including seniors.
It’s Official! Today is BC Seniors Care Providers Day
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of seniors care providers has become more important than ever, with our staff making significant personal sacrifices to support the people they care for through the impacts of the pandemic. We appreciate the dedication and commitment of all the staff on our team, who work together to improve quality of life for the individuals KinVillage cares for and supports.
Many prominent BC leaders came together to express their thanks and acknowledge the compassion, professionalism and dedication of those who care for our BC seniors. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/5y3jqBHks5w.
KinVillage heartily endorses the proclamation and echoes the thanks – to our Care Aides, RN’s, LPN’s, Allied health workers, support and administrative staff who provide a vital community service supporting healthy families and communities.
Family and Friends Enjoy a Comfortable in-Person Visiting Area Thanks to the Delta Foundation!
KINVILLAGE IS SUPPORTED BY GOVERNMENT OF CANADA’S EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND AND DELTA FOUNDATION
On November 16th, KinVillage was pleased to hear from the Delta Foundation that its application for a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) was successful. KinVillage requested funding from the Foundation to help enhance social connections for residents of its Care Home during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic and related provincial restrictions on visits in long-term care homes and assisted living residences significantly impact social connections for elders living in these settings. Cynthia Langenberg, KinVillage’s Director of Health Services, acknowledges the understandable sense of isolation and loneliness residents have expressed feeling over the past several months. “We also understand the negative impact the restrictions can have on family members’ peace of mind and mental well-being.”
Supporting and providing opportunities for Care Home residents to visit with their family members is a priority for KinVillage. Since the early days of the pandemic when provincial visiting restrictions were first put in place to protect residents, KinVillage staff were committed to creatively supporting ongoing connections – virtually and through the “glass door”. When an easing of these restrictions was announced at the end of June, staff was able to begin offering residents in-person visits with their designated visitors, typically a close family member, under specific guidelines, in an outdoor garden. As fall weather arrived and pandemic risks continued, an alternative, indoor location was needed.
Thanks to the $10,000 ECSF grant awarded by the Delta Foundation, KinVillage was able to convert an office into a visiting room, replacing a window with a door so visitors may enter the room directly from outside rather than coming into the general areas of the Care Home. This easy and controlled access, together with preventative measures such as physical distancing, visitor screening and hand washing, all help to protect residents, staff and visitors from the virus.
CEO Donna Ellis says “We appreciate that the Delta Foundation and the Government of Canada, through its ECSF, recognize the devastating impact the pandemic can have on seniors, particularly those living in care. We are grateful for their financial assistance in helping KinVillage make a small change that has a big impact on those we serve.”
Langenberg adds “We’re so pleased that our new visiting room provides a safe, welcoming, comfortable and private area in which residents can visit with their loved ones. “
Family members and residents have also commented on the new visiting space: “Appreciate having an area that is cozy and private to visit with my mother” and the new visiting room “has a warm ambience, it is very inviting”.
2020 Annual General Meeting
KinVillage Association held its Annual General Meeting on September 1, 2020 to conduct Association business as required under the Societies Act.
One new Board Director, Julie Berks, was welcomed to the Board. A big thank you was given to our departing Board Director, Laurie Collicutt, for her many contributions to the Board.
Board Chair, Dennis DesLauriers and CEO, Donna Ellis, reported on the highlights of the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
If you are interested in reading the Annual Reports please download the PDF documents below.
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.