Celebrating 65 years with the Biggest Renovation Ever


2021 marks Salem Home’s 65th anniversary.  “We celebrate these years with humbleness and thanksgiving for the churches and community’s commitment and support, striving for the betterment of those who live here, so they can flourish.” says James Peters, Chair of the Governing Board.  “Salem Home has been blessed over the years because of the support, encouragement and prayers. We seek God’s guidance in all we do.”


In recognition of this milestone, the Governing Board announces it is undertaking the significant project of renovating the resident rooms in the 1972 part of the building which consists of 60 rooms.  Today’s Residents have different needs than the Residents of 1972. Renovating the rooms where Residents live will reconfigure the floor space to make it more user friendly.

The project will happen in three phases

  • Phase One will focus on 20 resident rooms
  • Phase Two will comprise of another 20 rooms.
  • Phase Three will consist of the remaining rooms.

Included in the project is asbestos abatement of the rooms, fire suppression system, larger air handling unit that meets code in air exchanges, adding air conditioning into the resident rooms, new furniture, draperies, state of the art electric beds, and H-Track Lifting Systems.  The equipment of today – beds and lifts – has reached legacy status.  Way-finding triggers will be implemented to assist residents living with dementia in navigating where they live.


“This project will ensure that the building remains current and usable for future years. As a Board we know that past Governing Boards have prepared Salem Home for the future, and we want to do the same for future boards.  But more importantly, we want the residents to live in an environment that is suitable to their needs. ” – James Peters.


Salem Home is anticipating to partner with Southern Health-Santé Sud and Manitoba Health on costs such as fire suppression and other structural requirements.  “We are grateful for their support – financial and otherwise – in keeping our facility current for today’s and tomorrow’s residents” stated Sherry Janzen CEO Salem Home. “This is a big undertaking, but so important for the residents and their families.”


The Salem Foundation, together with Salem Home, will be coordinating the fundraising campaign.  “We are pleased to support Salem Home in this way” said Arlen Hildebrand, Chair of Salem Foundation. “We have worked together on multiple projects that have positively impacted the lives of the residents who live there. It is good to see how each project has benefitted the residents of today and in the future.”


While some funding negotiations are still ongoing, Salem Home’s cost for all three phases is anticipated to be $1.5 million dollars. To donate to this project please click here

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