In 1970 an ad-hoc committee chaired by Sister Olive Fiola began exploration of feasibility of a 50 Unit Senior Citizens Home for Deaf People. Proposals to government were made. In 1971 the Elmwood East Kildonan Kiwanis Club formed and alliance with Winnipeg Community Centre of the Deaf (WCCD). In 1972 the decision was made to expand the project to 200-units. In 1973 the name Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf was chosen and a Board of Directors established.
Construction of the building began in 1974 with the demolition of 10 buildings. The City of Winnipeg granted a request that the complex be given the address 285 Pembina Highway to correspond with the address of Deaf Hall at 285 Balmoral Street.
The first resident moved in on November 17, 1975. On January 23, 1976 the building was officially opened as the Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf.
In 1990 the name was changed to Deaf Centre Manitoba.
1998 The Bethania Group assumed responsibility for the Personal Care Unit. Renovations occurred to 2nd and 3rd floors increasing the personal care unit from 22 to 57 rooms, with priority placement given to individuals from the Deaf Community.
Pembina Place Mennonite PCH is housed within 285 Pembina - Manitoba Housing complex located at 285 Pembina Highway and provides personal care home services to 57 older adults. This includes space specially designed to support the unique language and cultural needs of Deaf persons through specialized programming and staff who are conversant in American Sign Language (ASL).Admissions
The Social Worker will call you or your designated responsible party regarding the room accommodation available and the admission date. Admission forms must be completed and returned to Bethania prior to admission. The forms include: Admission and Residency Agreement, Personal Style and History Information, Spiritual Profile, Personal Health Information Act Release Form for Name Use, Funeral Home information, Advance Care Plan and booklet, Choice of Physician, Labeling request (itemized clothing list), Name Plate form, Application for Reduced Resident/Authorized Charge, and the Tax Information Release Form.
Applicants from hospitals, interim units and other personal care homes must arrive on the date the room is available, as Manitoba Health does not allow an individual to pay for two accommodations simultaneously. Applicants from the community may take up to twenty-one days “social leave” to arrive, but must pay for their accommodations beginning on the date the room is available.
If you and/or your family require additional time after admission to decide on a care level for the Advance Care Plan, the Social Worker will ask that you have your decision made for the time of the Post Admission Conference.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have lived in Manitoba for the previous five consecutive years are eligible for personal care home benefits. If you are a Canadian citizen and a new resident to Manitoba, there will be a period of 24 consecutive months before you are eligible for personal care home benefits.
Exceptions are made if:
You previously were a resident of Manitoba for 30 years, left Canada and then returned to Canada after an absence of less than 10 years and re-established yourself as a resident of Manitoba, or
You have been a resident of a province or territory of Canada for five consecutive years and immediately have established yourself as a resident of Manitoba.
Health Care: Personal health insurance coverage is strongly recommended. Many plans cover a portion or all of the costs associated with ambulance service, ambulation/seating/specialized equipment needs, massage therapy, podiatry/foot care, etc. Annual premiums are nominal compared to the actual costs for services.
Resident (insured) charges cover the cost of your room, nursing and professional care, recreation programs, medical/surgical supplies, medications, incontinence products, and meals.
Non-insured miscellaneous charges are the responsibility of the Resident and will appear on the monthly Trust statement. Although not all of these items will be applicable to all Residents, these charges include but are not limited to the following:
Alterations to clothing
Sundries/brand-named products not supplied by the home
Spiritual Care Donations
Recreation outing expenses
All bills authorized by the resident / family will be processed in a timely manner.
There are no late fees.
Families do not need to come to Bethania to pay additional charges if the trust account has been authorized to process the bill.
All items will be listed in the month the charge occurred making it easy to keep track of the expenses.
At the end of the calendar year, a report will be provided that can be used to claim additional expenses for Revenue Canada.
There will be a $10 administration fee each month.
Your clothing will be laundered for you at Bethania however ironing services are not provided. We recommend washable, permanent press-type clothing. Five or six complete changes of clothing are necessary:
Dresses/shirts and pants
Shoes and slippers (non-slip soles and comfortable heel height)
Comb and brush
Hair rollers and pins
Creams and lotions
If you own a cane, walker and/or wheelchair, please be sure to bring the item(s) along but remember to label it with your name. The serial number will be recorded for future reference.
Since the rooms are relatively small, it is important to consider safety and convenience when bringing in furniture. It is important that the space be sufficient for staff to meet your care needs and to provide appropriate housekeeping services. Personal items for the room must be approved by staff and must meet safety requirements. Should care needs change; some items may need to be removed.