Residents of Dawson City's new continuing care home to move in next week
'It will replace the need that's already been in place for many years,' says hospital chief of staff
Residents will move into Dawson City's new continuing care facility as early as next week.
The public got a tour of the Alexander McDonald Lodge on Monday. The facility will provide personal care and assistance for Dawson's senior citizens.
Chris Wnek, the manager of the facility, says it provides more space for residents than the old lodge.
"We've got expanded spaces to invite people from the community to be more involved with the residents, and also more activity-type space for the residents to be able to play games, do recreation, have therapies, things like that."
Wnek says the new facility mirrored aspects of the old lodge that were successful, such as an open-concept atmosphere, which focuses on communal living space.
Gerard Parsons, the chief of staff at Dawson Community Hospital, says the new facility is long overdue.
"The most important thing is that it's replacing our current facility, which was getting near the end of its life," said Parsons.
The former McDonald Lodge is more than 40 years old and had 11 beds.
"It's been many years of struggle to keep it maintained and to keep it efficient, and I think it's probably not even been efficient" he said.
"The building was due to be condemned and it had to be replaced, for starters. So, [the new facility] will replace the need that's already been in place for many years."
The Alexander McDonald Lodge is also attached to the hospital, which Parsons says will make healthcare services more efficient.
Heavy fog in Dawson City prevented officials from getting to town for Monday's official opening, so it has been put off to a later date.