Vancouver Coastal Health has signed agreements for six new and expanded residential care facilities, providing about 600 beds across the health authority, including 225 additional beds.
The agreements are part of a $40 million, 10-year strategy that will see a significant number of the region’s residential care facilities rebuilt. According to Mary Ackenhusen, President and CEO of VCH, this marks the biggest improvement of residential care facilities in the VCH in the past 50 years.
The new and expanded care homes will be designed to enhance the quality of life for residents.
- All of the rooms will be private, with ensuite washrooms. This is considered a best practice approach for infection control.
- Spaces will be brighter and hallways wider to better accommodate wheelchairs.
- Special care units will provide the safety and security required for residents with advanced dementia and challenging behaviours.
- The number of direct care hours that residents receive from staff will be increased under the terms of these agreements.
This expansion and rejuvenation of residential care beds will give Vancouver Coastal Health more flexibility in terms of placing residents closer to their home community, since beds will be better distributed based on community needs.
- Point Grey Private Hospital – Expansion of existing building. Completion scheduled for July 2018
- Casa Mia Care Centre (the Care Group) – An addition will be added to the Mia mansion. Completion scheduled for late 2019.
- Hamilton Village Care Centre – New facility in East Richmond. Completion scheduled for early 2019
- Fraserview – Replacement and expansion of existing building in South Richmond. Completion scheduled for early 2020.
- Creekstone Care Centre – New facility on lower Mountain Highway. Completion scheduled for fall of 2018.
- Silverstone Care Centre – New facility on Derby Road. Completion scheduled for the summer of 2018.
Negotiations are still underway for even more new or expanded facilities, and VCH expects to announce agreements for approximately 300 additional new beds for Vancouver later this year.