The new Dogwood Lodge Residential Care Home will replace the existing 83 Dogwood Lodge beds with 150 residential care beds for older adults with complex care needs. The design includes bariatric beds, 28 beds for special care and will ensure flexibility of care for people with different health challenges, such as those requiring ventilator/tracheotomy care and those with palliative or end of life needs.
The design includes six neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood has two homes, where 14 residents share a common dining room and living room and have private bedrooms and bathrooms. Every home has access to outdoor space. The new design will also include 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 design of the new residential care home 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