A Vernon long-term care home is celebrating a milestone.
Noric House opened 40 years ago (Oct. 28, 1978) as an intermediate care home for 88 residents, on four acres formerly used for sheep farming on Mission Road.
It now has 85 private rooms.
“Places like Noric House continue to hold an important place in the continuum of care for older adults,” says Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Congratulations to the staff and physicians who have made Noric House a home for thousands of people over the years.”
The name came from a community contest, and stands for North Okanagan Regional Intermediate Care.
To mark the 40th anniversary, a day of live music and food was organized for residents, staff and guests by Noric’s recreational therapist, Nicole Lacroix.
The facility’s story started on Aug. 20, 1974.
“The community formed a board to oversee the construction and operations of an intermediate care home that would meet the needs of those unable to independently care for themselves, ” says a news release from Interior Health.
The care home underwent some key renovations in 2004, creating four communities with separate kitchens, dining and lounge areas. The first floor was remodeled to provide a bistro, living room, wellness centre, snoezelen room (sensory stimulation) and a hair salon.
“The technologies and methods for providing care may have changed over the past four decades but the underlining focus of putting the residents first has remained the same,” says Noric House manager Victor Skrinnikoff. “I am thankful for our amazing care team here. They work hard and truly make a difference in the everyday lives of everyone living at Noric House.”