History of Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg
The forerunner of Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg was
organized on February 21, 1883. The organization was incorporated on April
29, 1884, as the Christian Women's Union of Winnipeg, and officially
recognized by the provincial government with a grant of $500.00 for the
purpose of providing a temporary home for female immigrants, and also as a
lying-in or maternity hospital. There were originally two homes. The home
for women was on Lydia Street and a children's unit was on Albert Street.
In 1905, the first elderly woman was given temporary shelter.
In 1906, there was a major policy change, and the home on
Lydia Street was reassigned as the first "home for the elderly". The work
with children continued as a separate organization, and it is believed that
it later became the Children's Home of Winnipeg.
The present site was purchased in 1907 from the federal
government who had been operating an Indian residential school which was
partially destroyed by fire. An undamaged three-story frame building became
the new home and the elderly persons from Lydia Street took up residence. A
new building was constructed in 1930; the south "staff" building was
renovated in 1962, and demolished in 1987.
The name of the corporation was changed to "Middlechurch
Home of Winnipeg" in 1958 and in 1962 the hostel building was constructed to
accommodate 125 residents including a 24 bed infirmary. To meet the
changing needs of the elderly, an adjoining personal care home was
constructed in 1968 to accommodate 88 residents. In 1973, nursing home care
became an insured service under the Manitoba Health Insurance Act.
Provincial standards, funding arrangements and residential
charges were established, including a requirement for minimum ancillary
space per resident. Building renovations in 1976 resulted in a decrease of
one bed. A study conducted by the Board of Management in 1978 revealed that
the current ancillary space in the home was below the provincial
requirement. Subsequently, a committee of the board was established to
develop a plan for an activity centre to rectify the deficiency.
Donations from corporations, the public sector, and the
friends of Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg provided the capital costs for
construction of the activity centre, which was officially opened on May 5,
Between 1985 and 1992 three major projects occurred which
provided for a new “sprinkler” fire protection system; new plumbing
throughout and, a new wing and enclosed 20,000 square foot courtyard.
Facilities now provide services for all levels of care (1-4) and, ancillary
programs including adult day and respite care.
In 1995, a Community Services Program was launched in
cooperation with the municipalities of East and West St. Paul. This program
continued to expand as needs were identified. Low cost services to seniors
and physically challenged persons were both “facilitated” and provided
“directly” by Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. The
Community Services Program offered physical, social, educational,
nutritional and medical opportunities for seniors as an effort to assist in
providing a continuum of care to remain in their homes as long as possible.
Middlechurch on the Red Inc (MORI) a 30 unit life lease housing apartment
facility was completed. A physical link allows residents of the housing
unit access to a variety of ancillary services from the home as well as
access to the MCH Community Services Program.
December, 1998 the board entered into a service agreement with the Winnipeg
Community and Long Term Care Authority (now the Winnipeg Regional Health
following amalgamation of the WCA and WHA, our agreement was extended to the
new Winnipeg Regional Heath Authority.
our new and five year service purchase agreement was signed with the WRHA.
2004 The Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg Inc was changed to Middlechurch Home
In 2014 Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg
devolved to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).