Elgin County Breaks Ground on Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project and Launches Fundraising Campaign

December 1, 2020

For Immediate Release

Central Elgin, ON – Elgin County Council officially celebrated the ground breaking and fundraising campaign launch for the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project on December 1, 2020.

A small number of Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Steering Committee Members and Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Fundraising Committee Members gathered outside Terrace Lodge with County Councillors to mark this significant milestone.

“Elgin County takes great pride in its three Long-Term Care Homes,” said Warden Dave Mennill. “The quality of care received by our residents at Terrace Lodge is celebrated by Council and staff alike and we are pleased to be embarking on a project that will further enhance this quality of care. The planning for this project has spanned several terms of Council and we are delighted to finally see it come to fruition.”

The Terrace Lodge Long-Term Care Home has operated in the community since 1977. Elgin County Council has committed to the redevelopment of the facility in a phased approach that will result in minimal disruption for the 100 residents that call Terrace Lodge their home. The redeveloped home will better meet the growing and complex needs of residents while ensuring their comfort and safety. Bids on the project are scheduled to be completed in early December with construction to begin in January of 2021.This redevelopment will be funded in part through the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s Construction Funding Subsidy which will provide approximately $776,000 towards the project annually for 25 years.

 “Every aspect of the design has been considered in great detail to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our residents now and into the future,” said Councillor Purcell, Chair of the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Steering Committee. “COVID-19 has posed some unique challenges for the project and caused a few delays; however, it provided the Steering Committee with the opportunity to take lessons learned from the pandemic and incorporate some additional infection prevention and control features into the design of the new facility.”

The fundraising campaign entitled “The Comforts of Home” will raise money to purchase the value-added items that will make the facility feel like home for the residents that live there. A virtual catalogue has been developed to allow for online donations (www.donatetoterracelodge.ca) and donations by cash or cheque can be made through any Member of the Fundraising Committee.

“Our vision for Terrace Lodge is to create an inviting and state-of-the-art Home, with a more familiar physical environment,” said Councillor Giguère, Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “As we embark on this journey to implement a life-changing approach to senior care in our community, we need your support. Terrace Lodge is run by the County of Elgin but it belongs to the entire community.”

For more information about the redevelopment process visit www.elgincounty.ca/terracelodgeredvelopment. For more information about the Fundraising Campaign go to www.donatetoterracelodge.ca.

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For additional information, please contact:

Warden Dave Mennill
dmennill@elgin.ca   

Councillor Purcell, Chair of Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Steering Committee
bpurcell@elgin.ca

Councillor Giguère, Chair of Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Fundraising Committee
dgiguere@elgin.ca