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Dogwood Lodge Complex Care Home

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.

Neighbourhoods of care

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. 

Care home design and services

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

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