A former New Brunswick senator received honours on Monday after the provincial government officially opened a new 60-bed nursing home in Saint John.
Officials recognized late Senator Erminie Cohen through the launch of Cohen Hall, a branch of the Shannex Parkland nursing home in the Millidgeville area.
Cohen represented Saint John in the Senate of Canada from 1993 to 2001. She also served on the boards of Hestia House, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Human Development Council.
“We are pleased to see the expansion of nursing home beds to better respond to the increasing demand of the province’s aging population,” said Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard.
“Shannex is an important partner in our constant efforts to provide better services to seniors.”
The province says each floor of the two-storey nursing home can accommodate 30 residents, who have their own private suite and washroom.
Both floors have their own nursing station, dining room and living room, library and activity space, and an “indoor Main Street,” which promotes independence and community for residents.
Officials say residents can spend time in an on-suite hair salon, café, town hall and a multi-purpose room that serves as a chapel, theatre and community gathering space.
Jason Shannon, president of Shannex, said in a news release there has never been a more important time to prioritize the needs of New Brunswick seniors.
“We are confident that when the first resident walks through the doors to Cohen Hall, they’ll find a home where they’ll receive the support they need to live fully,” he said.
“They’ll be surrounded by compassionate and professional team members who care deeply for them.”