IHA Canada, Nurse On Board, and Alio Health are introducing a new approach to affordable senior living

Posted on Thursday May 02, 2019

Innovative Housing Alternatives Canada (IHA) is pleased to announce, in association with Nurse On Board and Alio Health, the commencement of the design and planning phase of "Shire", a new village concept designed to provide independent seniors housing alternatives to Eastern Ontario residents. The village initiative will be a model for senior living, offering affordable housing options where residents can remain close to health care and still live independently in the thriving community of Alexandria.

With the vision and support of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH), IHA has started the process for obtaining all the necessary approvals for this innovative new development. During the planning phase, Nurse On Board and Alio Health will engage with the seniors of eastern Ontario to ensure the healthcare interests and needs regarding Shire's future residents are fully considered.

Over the next few months there will be presentations made at various open house events that will detail the types of housing on offer, including individual homes to apartment units, and the options available for additional care and support. Plans for a community hub to offer a variety of on-site amenities, recreational and commercial space will also be presented.  Additionally, the project will include administrative offices that will support hospital administration and will free up space in the local hospital for more patient care.

The development of Shire, through a strong team approach will transform Alexandria into Eastern Ontario's leader in independent and affordable seniors housing, providing the most innovative designs, advanced technologies, and a cultural change that embraces person-directed health care delivery. 

"This region has one of the highest populations of seniors in the province and very low availability of independent and assisted living facilities," says Corey Kalsi, HGMH Board Chair.  "For the last eight years, our hospital has been working towards achieving a vision of a health hub for our community to address this issue.  This partnership with IHA, Nurse On Board, and Alio Health presents an outstanding opportunity to achieve that goal."

Susan Hagar is pleased to have been invited to speak at the 'Seniors Symposium' on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Alexandria, Ontario, where she will provide an overview of the approach and innovation of Shire.  For more information on the event, please email Alyson Graham at info@cedarwoodservices.ca or by calling 613-360-5512

As this project rolls out, Nurse On Board President Susan Hagar and IHA Canada President Will Ball will be offering updates on the project to community members. Anyone interested in finding out more information can connect with IHA Canada or Nurse On Board (contact information below).


Nurse On Board is a pioneer in customized health care management, working with patients across the province to improve health outcomes and quality of life. Its highly experienced Registered Nurses assist patients in navigating the fragmented and often complicated healthcare system. By attending medical appointments, translating medical information, researching treatment options, and facilitating community care, stress is decreased for patients and families, bringing peace of mind to all involved.

Nurse On Board Care Managers take into consideration the full spectrum of health needs- physical, emotional, mental and social- from first diagnosis, through acute, chronic and long term care, to end of life. Patients can count on their nurse to be their trusted guide, supporting the best possible experience in health care.  www.nurseonboardottawa.ca


Alio Health is a Canadian-owned, Ottawa-based healthcare provider whose mission is to enhance healthcare delivery and patient experience by fundamentally changing the way health care services are delivered.  www.aliohealth.com

Alio operates a healthcare network that uniquely combines workflow technology and healthcare related services in 4 key areas:

  • Care Coordination - helping patients navigate complex healthcare systems to achieve the desired treatment outcome
  • Health Services - providing highly trained, experienced nurses, personal support workers and other healthcare professionals to create an exceptional treatment experience
  • Patient Support Programs - providing tailored support for patients receiving complex therapies
  • Pharmacovigilance - providing expertise and systems for drug safety management, based on years of experience in managing Real World Evidence programs.


Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) is a patient-centred primary care hospital located in Alexandria, Ontario. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary, and have grown to provide acute care, complex continuing care, 24-hour emergency services, and rehabilitation to over 23,000 residents every year. Our team includes over 200 staff and physicians, who all take pride in bringing quality health care to our local Eastern Ontario community. www.hgmh.on.ca


Innovative Housing Alternatives (IHA) Canada is a group of companies, including engineering and construction management firms and home health care providers, that partner with community health care organizations to create safe and supported neighbourhoods for senior living. www.ihacanada.ca

For more information and media interviews:


Contact: Michael Cohen, President and CEO
Telephone: 613.525.2222 x4104
Email: info@hgmh.on.ca

IHA Canada

Contact: William Ball, President IHA
Telephone: (613) 404-5511
Email: wball@ihacanada.ca

Alio Health

Contact: Jeff Smith, President
Telephone: 1.855.799.ALIO (2546)
Email: jsmith@aliohealth.com

Nurse On Board

Contact: Susan Hagar, President
Telephone: 1.833.233.1445
Email: info@NurseOnBoardOttawa.ca

© 2018 Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital, 20260 County Road 43 Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0

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