Something's Missing Project
McConnell Place West Coffee Corner
Kipnes Centre for Veterans resident reading about the planned family visiting area
CapitalCare Grandview hallways as they now appear

The room at Kipnes Centre for Veterans that will become a home-like social space for residents and families.

Something's Missing

July 2018 update

McConnell Place West - project complete!

The weather is warm and you are craving a coffee and good conversation. Where do Canadians go? To a favourite coffee café. Imagine that first sip as you enjoy the ambiance of an outdoor patio. Yes this is a good day.

For our residents living with dementia the sights and sounds of an outdoor café are often too stimulating. They can enjoy a coffee and conversation. but it is not always possible for them to be in a noisy public location – the hustle and bustle – it’s all just too much. 

So how do we make it happen for them? Well, you have made it happen.

Your support for McConnell Place West has helped us raise a total of $8,000 which has meant the new “Café Corner” located within the walls of McConnell Place West is now a quiet oasis for coffee lovers. It’s the place to go for families who want to create the experience of coffee on the patio with their mom or dad who is now living with

You have helped ensure those moments of reminiscing can happen in a very traditional Canadian way. Families can experience the look of an outdoor café through the installation of a café mural, along with new bistro furnishings for them to sit near the windows and look onto the streetscape gardens west of the centre. A coffee bar has been set up for self-serve style beverage service.

Originally planned for next fall, your incredible support has made it happen even sooner than expected!

The next time you sit down to enjoy some coffee and conversation, take a moment to breathe it in, knowing that you
helped make a moment that matters happen for someone who is right now enjoying a reminiscing conversation with
their loved one who is living with dementia.

We love you a latte!.

Making the house a home

SOMETHING’S MISSING is a project about you, our community, helping us bring the comforts of home into our centres so that not even one resident or family says, "It’s good but something’s missing."

Our Something’s Missing project is very personal, not just for us as a Foundation who see the needs, but for staff and residents. We have the bricks and mortar, now our goal is to make the house a home.

Centres have some creative projects that they are passionate about. These projects will need financial support, some renovation and refurbishment, and some community involvement to ensure they have a lasting impact on the 2100 residents CapitalCare serves each year. 

These project ideas have come through discussions with residents and families as they identify what programs or changes to the building would improve their day to day living.

Dickinsfield & Lynnwood - Year Round Horticulture

Both centres are keen to have year round horticulture programs rooted in the therapeutic effects of gardening at their centres. Residents love planting the summer outdoor raised beds, but this quickly ends with the onset of shorter days and cooler nights. The act of nurturing is important to one’s healing and wellbeing. Getting your hands dirty and reaping the rewards of labour through gardening is an incredible outcome for residents.

Norwood & Laurier House Lynnwood - Dining Room Tables and Chairs

Don’t you hate when tables wobble or chairs squeak? Well, the residents at Norwood & Laurier House Lynnwood have some old tables and chairs that have far outlived their best days. For residents and families, the wish is simple - new dining room furniture. If it can be replaced now, the furniture will be used in both the current settings and in the new Norwood building when it opens; benefitting residents now and in the future.

Kipnes Centre for Veterans - Family Visiting Room

These centres are eager to see changes that will provide warm visiting spaces. Kipnes Centre residents would like a space on the second floor wherethey and their families can enjoy visiting in a living room - just like home!

Strathcona - Bathing Room Upgrades

CapitalCare Strathcona has some older bathing rooms that were originally designed for residents who could get in a residential style tub. As the years have flown by, few residents are now able to manage getting in and out of a traditional tub. The rooms need updating to accommodate the needs of the frail elderly. We want the room to bring comfort and calmness to those with dementia so that having a bath is a positive experience. It is a simple and very important basic care upgrade.

Grandview - Hallway beautification

Finding the way to your suite is not so easy when all the room doors look the same. The hallways can be long and daunting when they look like a hospital versus a home. Creating unique doorways for residents to recognize and hallways that remind them of a friendly neighborhood will have huge impact. Modeling the surface changes and designs after the Swedish model of elderly care, Grandview families and staff feel the impact would be significant. It would be a dream come true.

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