CORNWALL, Ontario – OMNI Health Care, which owns and operates Woodland Villa in Long Sault announced earlier this month it’s plans for a 32,800 sq. ft. expansion. As it is now, Woodland Villa is currently 40,000 sq. ft.
This expansion is a part of a provincial announcement last spring that the long-term care home would be receiving funding to add 17 additional beds to their site. This would bring Woodland Villa to 128 beds total.
“The staff are quite excited because we are doubling in size and our home areas are going to be easier to staff, and I think everybody is really looking forward to the big change,” said Janna Sabourin, administrator at Woodland Villa in a press release from OMNI. “This new model is really going to be beneficial for us. Having more room is really going to allow everyone to have more privacy and I think that will be helpful for a lot of reasons.”
According to OMNI’s plans, the development would add four new neighbourhoods to Woodland Villa and a new courtyard connecting the old building to the new building in the middle. The courtyard will feature multiple tables and a shaded area, as well as gardens. There is a possibility of adding sandboxes for visiting children.
“The centre of the home is going to be a destination place for the hairdresser (and) the physio room, so it will be like an outing inside the home for those residents who have mobility issues, so I am really looking forward to that,” Sabourin said of the common areas that are being planned with the new addition.
There will be both private and semi-private rooms in the new development. The semi-private rooms will have two beds, separated by a divider along with a shared bathroom. The private rooms will have one bed and one bathroom.
OMNI hopes to begin the Woodland Villa expansion this fall, with it’s completion scheduled for Dec. 2022.