Hillside Pines, a Home for Special Care, is a warm and welcoming place with special touches that give it a friendly, home-like atmosphere. It’s easy to see that staff take great pride in their little community and the quality of life they offer their many elders.
Inside there are gathering spaces, two lovely dining rooms and four neighborhoods with personalized themes…Dockside, Lillydale, Eden Bridge and Memory Lane. 50 elders reside in these neighborhoods, where social interaction, companionship and developing friendships are supported. There’s a total of 18 double rooms and 14 singles. Elders are encouraged to bring in a special chair or personal item to give their room that home-like feeling. The outside has a lovely oasis, Bell’s Courtyard, that is filled with a charming pergola, garden furniture, flowers, shrubs, awnings, a fire-pit, water fountain, and an accessible swing set. During the summer you might even find “Marshmallow and S’mores” the resident bunnies!
Hillside Pines has recently undergone some remarkable upgrades that have enhanced the quality of life of residents and given the facility a fresh look. To celebrate the new look and recognize all the work and the huge upheaval to staff and residents during the renovation, they hosted a “kitchen party” with food and music on August 14. The Province of Nova Scotia contributed over $1 Million dollars towards the upgrades which included: the installation of bright cushion flooring throughout the entire building; a new state of the art, energy efficient ventilation system that improves airflow, and takes humidity out of the air; a whirlpool tub & mechanical lift; and a portable mechanical lift. The lifts assist elders to move safely from one location to another and also ensure that the care partners (staff) can work safely. “They are our most valuable resource”, says Administrator, Marisa Eisner. “We want to make sure that they return home safely to their families.” Marisa is thrilled with the improvements. “I can’t believe the difference the upgrades have made!” It’s cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The floor is non-skid and makes it more comfortable and safer for care partners and elders to walk on.
Hillside Pines even has its own mini-bus that takes elders on picnics, for ice cream, or on a fun outing to see the Christmas lights or other interesting places like the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival, etc. “They love it!”, says Marisa. Volunteers, when available, will drive families and their loved one to appointments. The bus was funded by donations by the community, including businesses.
To learn more about Hillside Pines check out their website at www.hillsidepines.com, arrange a visit, call 902-543-1525, or email email@example.com. This lovely facility is situated at 77 Exhibition Drive in Bridgewater.