Occupational therapist Cheryl Block and recreation coordinator Bonnie Casault were part of the team that helped bring Kalum Cafe to Terraceview Lodge. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Kalum Cafe opens at Terraceview Lodge to create more social space

Cafe intended to be a place of gathering for residents, staff and visitors

With funky teal seats, cool wall art and a mountain view, the Terraceview Lodge has a new space to get caffeinated.

In an effort to make the lodge feel like home, Kalum Cafe opened this past August to provide a gathering place for residents, staff and visitors.

“It puts a smile on my face every time I walk in here, it’s just really a space that I think conveys that idea of community,” says Cheryl Block, an occupational therapist at Terraceview Lodge. “This is a place where they come, relax, socialize with their friends.”

READ MORE: Terraceview Lodge meets B.C. standard of care

Transforming the second-floor lobby into a cafe took almost a year, and is part of Terraceview Lodge’s initiative to make spaces more inviting. Block says it’s important to have a cozy area to come together for a warm drink, especially as it may be difficult for some residents to leave the facility and visit town. Instead of sitting in their rooms all day, they have a familiar social activity to look forward to.

She adds that it serves as a clinical benefit as well, as it gives residents a purposeful destination to walk to. Different programming groups also use the space to meet.

“It’s where people can feel that they can come, and it’s like getting out, so if you have someone that’s not very mobile and can’t go out into the community, they’re able to come here for coffee,” says Block.

The cafe took a lot of planning between different department to ensure the space was accessible for everyone. The cafe is furnished with height-adjustable tables, chairs with footstools and bright decor to make it inviting for people of all abilities. Residents even created a decorative wreath using coffee filters that were painted to help contribute to the cafe’s design.

READ MORE: Terrace care facility gets sprinkler system

Terraceview Lodge resident Albert Doll says there was no area for seniors like this before to drink coffee. He says he is happy to now be able to visit Kalum Cafe as part of his daily routine

“It’s a good place to come to have a cup of coffee or tea to relax and enjoy myself,” Doll says.

Block says the Kalum Cafe isn’t their only project — their teams have also been working to make other spaces at Terraceview Lodge more engaging.

For example, each resident’s door has a different “door wrap” that helps them indicate which room is theirs, which is extremely helpful for those with dementia or memory loss. Employees also wear bright yellow name tags to help identify themselves to residents.

Come holiday season, Terraceview Lodge is planning to have residents help decorate a “coffee-themed” Christmas tree to put on display at the Kalum Cafe.


 


natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Terraceview Lodge resident Albert Doll says he likes coming to Kalum Cafe to have a cup of coffee every day. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Just Posted

What you need to know to vote in Canada’s federal election

Voting guide for Terrace, Kitimat up to Telegraph Creek

B.C. seniors advocate touring Northwest B.C.

Seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie will be visiting Terrace, Kitimat and New Aiyansh Oct.15-17

Industrial development prompts call for highway improvements

Truck traffic to increase at Kitsumkalum project

Countdown begins for 11th annual Guns and Hoses game

Firefighters and police sharpen their skates to fundraise for youth program

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read