Territorial Dementia Facility

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YELLOWKNIFE (April 22, 2008) – A Territorial Dementia Facility will be built and operated in Yellowknife, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Honourable Sandy Lee announced today. The facility will include 28 beds along with a day program that can accommodate 5-8 clients. The day program will be operated by the Yellowknife Association of Concerned Citizens for Seniors (YACCS).“The new Territorial Dementia Facility is a facility for all Northwest Territories residents. It will allow our seniors to stay in the Northwest Territories, closer to family and friends. We will no longer have to send residents to southern institutions or place them in facilities not designed for their needs,” said Minister Lee.

Continuing Care is a core service identified in the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Integrated Service Delivery Model. Its goal is to ensure long-term care and extended care support for people who cannot live at home and to help individuals to be as independent as possible and supported at a level of functioning that allows them to live in their own home.

The facility will be constructed by Nahanni Construction Ltd. under a community-driven partnership, which includes Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. According to Diavik’s President, Kim Truter, “We recognized that the dementia facility is a much needed facility that will remove tremendous family stress by having loved ones under appropriate care and close to home. At Diavik, we feel very strongly about contributing back to the community and in helping support healthy lifestyles.”

“YACCS is pleased to participate in this community partnership finding solutions to help address the issues and challenges of a growing number of NWT resident seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease and related dementias,” said Dan Costache YACCS President.

The GNWT is providing $15 million capital funding for this project. The community partnership of Nahanni Construction Ltd. and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. are overseeing the building of the project.

A project unveiling event and photo opportunity will take place

Date: April 24th 2008
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Aven Manor Parking Lot

For more information, contact:

Damien Healy
Communications Manager
Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 445-8230

Tom Hoefer
External & Internal Affairs
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
Tel: (867) 669-6518

Greg N. Debogorski
Executive Director, YACCS
Ph: 867 920-2443 Ext. 30

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