Dogwood Lodge Complex Care Home
The new Dogwood Lodge Long-Term Care Home will replace the existing 83 Dogwood Lodge beds and will be home to 150 residents adults with complex care needs. The homelike design includes care for individuals who require specialized care such as ventilator/tracheostomy, dementia and palliative care.
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 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 long-term 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 the following:
- respect for the individual,
- autonomy for decision-making,
- privacy and dignity,
- quality of life,
- choice in a caring environment,
- and partnership with families & caregivers.