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The Balwin Villa is a 105 suite Enhanced Designated Living site designed specifically for clients with early onset dementia, mental illness or brain injury. Owned and operated by the Excel Society, the facility is located at 6920 – 128 Avenue in Edmonton and opened in the fall of 2010.
Set in a mature neighbourhood, the project involved redevelopment of an existing facility, the North Edmonton School. The exterior of the original building was preserved in the remodelling. Besides the two school buildings, a third new structure was added to the site. The complex includes a theatre/gymnasium that is available to the client-residents and the local community. The buildings are surrounded by an outdoor recreation area operated by the City of Edmonton.
A unique facility, Balwin Villa contains 104 barrier free units designated as safe living or secure suites with staff funded by Alberta Health Services as well, there are one Private Pay unit.
Balwin Villa is focused on the challenges of early onset dementia. These are dementia victims who are still able to function relatively independently with provision for differing supports. Up till now a generally neglected group, they receive focused services that meet their particular needs as their illness progresses. Included are specialized supports for persons with brain injury or mental illness that are unrelated to the dementia group.
For more information or to organize a tour call Balwin Villa at 780-757-5550.