Teck Pioneer Residence was an existing long term care facility in Kirkland Lake which required redevelopment to meet the latest Ministry of Health standards of service to frail elderly clients. Several options for redevelopment were examined including renovation of the existing beds on the current site, rebuilding the entire facility as a standalone building, rebuilding as an addition to the existing Extendicare facility, and rebuilding as a standalone addition to the existing Kirkland and District Hospital.
The latter option was chosen and a new two storey, stand-alone building connected to the existing Hospital has been completed. The addition features 75 beds including two palliative care beds. The lower floor is designed to provide two distinct Resident Home Areas (RHA) including a 30 bed RHA and a 15 bed RHA dedicated for the cognitively impaired. The main floor is home to a single 30 bed RHA, with direct connection to the hospital at both levels. Generous common areas and richly landscaped gardens, were provided to enhance the environment for residents and families.