62-year-old Stephen Hartley has been calling Providence Manor, Providence Care’s long-term care home, home sweet home for the last seven months. Being so young, Stephen says it was a difficult decision to start the paperwork for long-term care.
“I was in the hospital, I had surgery on my back. I need nursing daily and wasn’t able to make arrangements to go back home and so I’m here at Providence Manor and this was my first choice,” explains Stephen. “I unfortunately had preconceived notions about what it was going to be like, and I’m so happy that none of what I was thinking was true, none at all. I’m glad I’m here and I’m extremely happy to hear the new building has turned into a reality.”
Stephen is referring to the redevelopment of Providence Manor. A project which officially kicked off with a groundbreaking at its new location, 1200 Princess Street, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, where Stephen was in attendance.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to see the drawings of the new build and I’m totally blown away, I really am. I think the idea of making the new building more ‘homey’ makes a great deal of sense, because this is our home, and no one wants to live in something that looks like a hospital.”
The new Providence Manor will be a 320-bed home designed with accessible and easy to understand floor plans, secure outdoor spaces, improved dining areas, naturally lit and sun-filled spaces with dedicated areas for spiritual health and worship. There will be a focus on creating a rich sense of community for residents and their families in common areas similar to those found in the current home, such as the beloved pub and veterans’ lounge. A partnership with the YMCA of Eastern Ontario will also bring an on-site daycare to the building, creating an opportunity for intergenerational programming.
“I am thrilled to witness the groundbreaking of our amazing new facility,” says Chair of the Providence Care Board of Directors, Michelle Podhy. “The new home will be designed to honour the remarkable 160-year legacy of our Founders, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul while focusing on the needs of our current and future residents.”
Once complete, Providence Manor long-term care home will become a part of Providence Village, a future community hub of housing, health and community services to support and empower vulnerable populations in our community.
“The Motherhouse [location of the new Providence Manor] is just up the street from where I lived before I came here,” says Stephen. “I’m excited to be back in that area of Kingston.”
When the home opens in the latter half of 2026, it will accommodate 77 extra beds from the current building, located on Sydenham Street in downtown Kingston.
“The groundbreaking of our new Providence Manor, long-term-care home represents Providence Care’s unwavering commitment to providing compassionate, resident-centered care for our aging population,” says President and CEO of Providence Care, Cathy Szabo.
“The state-of-the-art, 320-bed residence will result in an additional 77 beds, allowing us to extend our reach and serve more members of our community. The expansion not only addresses the growing demand for long-term care, but also allows us to create an updated environment that fosters a sense of belonging, purpose, and joy for our residents and their family. I am incredibly proud of our staff, volunteers and donors who have made getting to the groundbreaking stage possible.”
As Stephen watches the groundbreaking ceremony take place in the spot of his future home, he says he’s excited for what the future holds.
“I like to see things at the beginning because that way you have a mental picture. When the finished project is there, you understand how much work and effort went into it. I love being able to see the before and after of things, and this is going to be great.”
For more information on how to donate to the project visit University Hospitals Kingston Foundation online.