An Innovative & Unique Retirement Community
Top featured photo by Lisa Landrie
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing and hearing how seniors enjoy living in LutherCare Communities. For the past 30 years, I have worked at LutherCare, and have been able to see first-hand how our Continuum of Living service model is able to provide seniors with the best possible quality of life.
LutherCare’s Continuum of Living model offers core services at all our facilities, including Luther Tower, Luther Heights, Luther Riverside Terrace — and our newest facility, The Village at Stonebridge, which opened in 2016. The Village has 159 suites for independent seniors in a beautiful, warm and spacious environment. The suites range from 700 to 1,216 square feet, featuring nine-foot ceilings, a full kitchen, in-suite laundry and flexible dining options.
The Village also has many amenities, including a movie theatre, gym, and The Village Bistro —a restaurant that is also open to the public. Part of the building houses the Stonebridge branch of the Saskatoon Public Library, so our residents have access to reading material. The Village and all LutherCare communities are set up to provide excellence in care, shelter and support. We make sure we meet the needs of seniors by prioritizing socialization to alleviate loneliness, and by offering wellness services, recreation activities and spiritual care.
Our Continuum of Living model began in 1978 with the building of Luther Tower, which was our first senior housing unit, and an innovative model for Saskatchewan. Luther Heights, which opened in 1989, had unique trends such as low-rise stairs and adjustable kitchen cupboards, which had come from some of LutherCare’s senior staff and board visiting Europe to view trends in senior care.
Ensuring sure people have choices is very important for senior care. All our facilities include a partial meal plan, which allows residents to be able to get proper nutrition, but also gives them choices. They can cook in their own suite or head down to the dining room, and at The Village, they can even order a meal at the bistro. As we age, our options for choice in life decrease, so it’s wonderful to be able to offer options to residents.
One of the main challenges that I have seen is seniors leaving it too late to move into senior housing. I have a good friend who is in her mid-70s and has chosen to move into a senior’s housing facility already. Some of her friends have said that she’s too young, but her response is that she wouldn’t want to be doing this 10 years from now. I don’t think we realize how difficult it is to make such a huge move; it can be much harder to adjust. That’s why it’s important to not leave it too late before making such a move.
When I am visiting sites in LutherCare, I hear from families about residents and tenants who had been feeling lonely and depressed and were not eating well prior to moving in. To have a family member tell you what a wonderful transformation they’ve seen in their loved ones who are now eating well and socializing — these are just wonderful stories to hear.
The Village at Stonebridge
Photos by Sarah Vermette