Photo: Artist’s rendering of Silverstone (September 2016)
Article updated July 2017
As part of Vancouver Coastal Health's region-wide residential care bed rejuvenation plan, a two-phase Request for Qualifications and Solutions (RFQS) process was issued that resulted in an agreement with Trellis Seniors Services to build a new 128-bed care home in Sechelt.
The Silverstone Care Centre will provide a purpose-built environment for residents and result in an increase of 20 residential care beds on the Sunshine Coast. It will be based on a 'home and neighbourhood design' that is considered a best practice in residential care, enhancing resident privacy and care, while promoting companionship. Every resident will have their own private room and washroom, which also helps to reduce aggression and agitation for cognitively compromised residents and those with dementia.
As part of its own development process, the District of Sechelt advised Trellis and VCH that it is developing policies around the provision of residential care in its community and how it fits within the Official Community Plan. VCH recognizes and supports that process.
In July 2017, Trellis advised VCH that it had entered into an agreement with the Town of Gibsons for a parcel of land suitable for development of a new residential care home. Located at 571 Shaw Road in Upper Gibsons, the site is adjacent to Christenson Village, a VCH-funded 140-bed facility that includes assisted living, complex care and dementia care operated by the Good Samaritan Society.
Due Diligence process
Trellis has requested an amendment to its existing agreement with VCH that would allow it to shift the location of the VCH-funded care home from Sechelt to Gibsons. VCH is now undertaking a comprehensive due diligence process of the Trellis request to amend the existing agreement. No decision will be made until that is completed.