Construction for the Fort Good Hope seniors complex is complete.
The seniors building is a nine-plex, which includes features that will “assist residents in their day-to-day living,” according to a statement from the NWT Housing Corporation.
These include no-step entrances to suites, wider doorways and a main floor bathroom, two barrier free units and a caretaker’s unit. There is also a common space where healthcare services can be provided.
There are four similar GNWT built senior centres in the NWT, in Aklavik, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, and Whatı̀.
“A crucial part of ensuring the health and well-being of our elders is housing and I am pleased to have worked with the community leadership and local businesses to work on this project,” Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation, said in a statement.
The buildings were designed in collaboration with the health department, with input from the community.
“NWT seniors are valued and loved members of our communities and families and the GNWT wants to make sure they are able to live safe, independent lives and stay connected to the people they love,” Julie Green, Minister Responsible for Seniors, said in a statement.
Keeping seniors in their communities while they age is a mandate priority for the 19th Legislative Assembly.
Fort Good Hope is a fly-in community in the Sahtu region with a population of 516. The percentage of the NWT’s population that is considered elderly, over the age of 60, more than doubled between 2003 and 2018.
That number is expected to nearly double again to 20 per cent of the NWT’s population being elderly by 2035, according to statistics from the NWT Bureau of Statistics.