Highland Wood plans to reopen June 3
By Sue Tiffin
Highland Wood plans to reopen almost four months after several roof leaks at the long-term care facility in Haliburton forced the evacuation of 28 residents and closure of the building.
Haliburton Highlands Health Services announced in a press release May 23 that the roof has been replaced, “and significant progress has been made in repairing areas of the building that were damaged by leaks and meltwater.” An official reopening is scheduled for June 3.
Residents who were re-homed in neighbouring and other facilities throughout the Central East Local Health Integration Network in early February have priority placement should they wish to return to Highland Wood.
“Detailed plans are now being developed to safely repatriate residents and staff back to
Highland Wood in a timely manner with a minimum of stress and disruption in patient care,” reads the press release.
The roof, found to be damaged due to significant snow and ice build-up, was thoroughly inspected both by the health services insurer as well as through an internal investigation before repair work began at the end of March.
“Our insurance company has completed detailed assessments of the roof; the roof inspector has stated that the early failure of the roof occurred suddenly without warning, highlighting that there were no ongoing signs of water infiltration or roof leaks, there were no signs of early failure or ongoing water seepage below the roof deck, and there were no signs of previous water infiltration and/or corrosion of the steel decking,” said Carolyn Plummer, president and CEO HHHS at that time. The roof had been scheduled to be replaced this spring.
Highland Wood information hotline can be reached at 705-457-1392,
extension 2400. Updates can also be found at
hhhs.ca/news-announcements/highland-wood-updates. Family members with
questions about placement of residents can call the Central East LHIN
Long-Term Care Placement Team at 705-310-2222.