All beds filled at Iqaluit elders home

Home reopened to residents in February following 9-month closure

All seven beds at the Iqaluit Elders Home will be filled as of this week, said Health Minister John Main at the Nunavut legislature on Tuesday. The home had been closed for nine months due to a COVID-19 outbreak and renovations. (File photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

All seven beds at the Iqaluit Elders Home will be filled as of this week, said Health Minister John Main at the Nunavut legislature on Tuesday. 

The home reopened to residents at the beginning of February after a COVID-19 outbreak and renovations forced a nine-month closure of the building. 

Main said the current residents are a mix of returning and new elders.

In May, six elders were transferred, four to the Embassy West Senior Living long-term care home in Ottawa and two others elsewhere in the territory. 

Their return to the Iqaluit Elders Home was delayed when renovations began a month after the outbreak, and new operator Pimakslirvik Corp., took over. 

“This Inuit-owned company has a strong reputation and track record for managing health facilities in Nunavut. I am confident the elders living at the home are in good hands,” Main said. 

Main added the renovations, which include an updated kitchen, expanded common area, a new boiler system and fresh paint, will help to improve the living environment at the home and enhance the quality of life for residents. 

Still, Main acknowledged that the Health Department is “currently unable to meet higher-level needs in-territory” for elder care. 

Pamela Gross, the minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, said in her address Tuesday that the school’s pre-health programs are training students to fill this gap in territorial elder care. 

“Having trained Inuit and Nunavummiut in the communities is an important part of the continuing care system,” she said.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by 35k population on

    For a population of 36k+ the minister seems real proud to have 7 beds. For how long now has there been no change in the number of beds available to our elders in their territory? Elders seldom can even recieve care in their home town. This is so embarassing. Wheres all the funding going? To hand picked nepotistic hiring of Adms? What more is being done behind the scenes that the public sector would rather the public doesn’t know

    • Posted by Mildred Pierce on

      This is Iqaluit’s eldercare centre, not all of Nunavut’s. There are other eldercare facilities in the Territory.

  2. Posted by 867 on

    I dont like to do math but i think they probably need about 1000 more beds

  3. Posted by S on

    I’d guess the annual operating budget for the centre is just over $2.5 million. There’d be another 10% in capital costs for the $3 million building. Opportunity cost gor the massive city-center site must be $20 million, but we won’t count that. Anyhow, annual direct costs are upward of $350,000 per client

    • Posted by Resident Care on

      Your guess is probably close. The big issue is that the centre needs to be expanded. A residential facility of any size needs at least 1 employee on duty at all times.
      To provide 24 / 7 coverage requires 5 resident care employees. Some residents may be too heavy for one person to care for. You really need at least 2 resident care people on duty at all times, no matter how few residents you have. Three is better because 2 can provide nneded care for one resident, while the third can look after everyone else.

      Then there’s the cooking, cleaning and general administration. So, 10 patient care employees, 2 cooks, 1 cleaner, 1 admin and 1 supervisor equals a bare minimum of 15 employees.

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