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Cairnsmore Place's 33 resident rooms get cheery, home-style makeover
White wainscoting, fresh blue paint, and cheery curtains greeted locals touring some $600,000 worth of room renovations at Cairnsmore Place Wednesday.
New fixtures, bedside tables, some new flooring and walls, plus energy-efficient windows were all part of work that also saw hazardous mold and asbestos pulled from rooms that are home to Cairnsmore's 96 senior residents, explained Darren Titus of Island Health project services.
Makeovers of the 33 rooms will be done by next year, he said of what Island Health brass said breaks down to $18,000 per room from taxpayers.
Folks the Tea and Tour saw tired-looking rooms slated for revamps, then those already finished by carpenters, plumbers and painters.
The idea explained Titus, and Linda Gary of Gary Interiors and Window Treatments, was to give residents a home-style abode.
"We went for an old-time style rather than an institutional look," said Titus.
Susan Leslie, president of the (Duncan) Auxilliary to Cowichan District Hospital — who was born in the former Kings Daughters' Hospital on Cairnsmore's site — indicated money donated to date, through some 14 community groups and families, was a good bang for the buck.
"It looks wonderful," she said.
Cowichan District Hospital Foundation's Amy Trippe Brophy explained $34,000 of a $46,000 goal for draperies had been raised, with more money coming in.
The Foundation, and partner the Duncan Auxilliary, will split any shortfall, she said. Folks can donate by calling 250-701-0399.
Denise Brownlee of the Order of the Eastern Star's Sunset Chapter, that contributed $500 toward room draperies, agreed the room results are great.
"It looks clan and fresh and lovely. It's an investment for people in something they may (eventually) use."
Titus explained the makeovers stated about 18 months ago involving as little disruption to residents as possible.
Mold in some walls adjacent to janitors areas, plus some asbestos, saw some crew use haz-suits to remove the potential toxins.
"Mold in some areas was quite extensive," Titus said. "There's been some plumbing issues in the walls."
Asbestos was also found in drywall mud and elsewhere, he explained.
Still, Brophy was satisfied with the work.
"Cairnsmore is a wonderful facility, with a dedicated caring staff creating a great residence and homelike environment for our friends, neighbours and family members in this community."