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Dogwood Lodge Complex Residential Care facility

The new Dogwood Lodge facility will consist of 150 residential care beds for people with complex care needs. It will replace the existing 113 Dogwood Lodge beds and 37 complex care beds currently located in other VCH facilities. The design includes five bariatric beds, approximately 28 Special Care Unit beds and has flexibility to provide respite, care for people with ventilator/tracheotomy needs and support for palliative and/or end-of-life care. This new, six floor facility will provide 24-hour nursing care, supporting residents to live safely, with dignity in a home-like setting.

Neighbourhoods of care

The design includes six neighbourhoods.  Each neighbourhood has two homes, where approximately 10 to 15 residents share a common dining room and living room and have private bedrooms and bathrooms. Every home has access to outdoor space.  The facility includes two homes supporting people with special needs, such as dementia care.

The model provides a more homelike setting with flexibility for the future.  This will enable residents to receive the supports they require as their needs change.  Residents will enjoy meals created on-site, with a choice of traditional Canadian and authentic Asian cuisine.  

Facility design and services

The facility design was developed in collaboration with the Dogwood Residents and Family and the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee. It reflects priorities for access to outdoor spaces, private rooms, small homes and in-home dining.    

The main floor of the new Dogwood Residential Facility will house the new, purpose-built Adult Day Care Program.  This co-location of services creates efficiencies and opportunities to share resources such as food services, clinic spaces and a hair salon.  Additionally, as care needs change, future uses may include respite beds in the residential facility, providing an easy transition for Adult Day Program clients if required.

Project timeline

2014 – Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement Approved

2015 – Onni Group announced as development partner

2016 – Rezoning application submitted to City of Vancouver

2017 – Rezoning approval, detailed planning, ongoing collaboration 

2018 – Start construction

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