The new Dogwood Lodge facility will replace the existing 113 Dogwood Lodge beds with 150 residential care beds for older adults with complex care needs. The design includes five bariatric beds, approximately 28 Special Care Unit rooms for people with ventilator/tracheotomy needs and has flexibility to provide respite, care 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.
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 design 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.
The facility design was developed in collaboration with the Dogwood Family Council and the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee. It reflects best practices for neighbourhood models, and priorities for access to outdoor spaces, private rooms, small homes and in-home dining.
As stated in the VCH Complex Residential Care Developments Design Guidelines, the vision is to provide "caring environments that nurture the holistic well-being of clients, support relationships and community, and encourage the growth and development of both residents and staff." Planning for the new Dogwood Lodge is focused on:
- Respect for the individual
- Autonomy for decision-making
- Privacy and dignity
- Quality of life
- Choice in a caring environment
- Partnership with families & caregiver