The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre Personal Care Home is a not for profit 200 room skilled nursing facility which has met the long term care needs of Winnipeg’s Jewish Community for over 100 years. Winnipeg is a city of 700,000 people of many cultures and backgrounds and where the Jewish Community has continued to thrive since the first immigrants arrived in the early 1880’s. The original Western Canada Jewish Home for the Aged was established in 1914 with 6 beds serving the needs of Jewish elders from all over the Canadian Prairies. In 2002 and 2008 The Simkin Centre underwent major capital projects which allowed it to create a brand new state of the art campus. In addition to providing long term care services The Centre also offers a day program to members of the community.
The Simkin Centre is committed to providing care to its residents in accordance with the Jewish values of kedushah/sanctity, derech eretz/respect, and kavod/honour. It strives to provide innovative programs and services to its residents that meet their physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and cultural needs and that allow each resident to achieve the highest quality of life possible. While adhering to its mission to meet the needs of the Jewish Community it also welcomes people of all faiths and cultures. The Centre is a Beneficiary Agency of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and also receives support from the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. It works closely with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority which has the mandate to plan, organize, and fund all health care services in Winnpeg.
Following several years of effort, in June 2016, The Centre welcomed the arrival on staff of its first part time Nurse Practitioner who joined our team of medical, nursing, and allied health professionals. Our Nurse Practitioner is a graduate level advanced practice nurse with specialized training in primary care and skilled in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditioners and chronic diseases. She has developed a strong collaborative practice with our care team as she is responsible for managing the care of a number of our residents. Her advanced training enables her to autonomously diagnose, order and interpret diagnostis tests, prescribe medications, and perform specific procedures within her legislated scope of practice. Families and residents have welcomed her unique approach to care with open arms. We are hoping to expand our Nurse Parctitioner Program in the future.