As you may have heard, the Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced today a major investment of 150 new seniors care beds in the Comox Valley.
The Minister’s announcement had two main parts: 1) an award of 120 new beds to Golden Life Management Corp. to build a new long-term care facility in the Comox Valley and 2) a commitment of 31 additional beds to the Views and Providence Residential and Community Care (PRCC) to support our redevelopment vision for a seniors campus of care “that includes a dementia village along with additional services that are needed in the region and the community.” (Please see the Ministry of Health news release at: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019HLTH0009-000040.
Combined with our existing beds, the 31-bed commitment is an important and exciting affirmation of our vision to redevelop the Views at St. Joseph’s into a community campus with various levels of housing and care options that support seniors, and their spouses and partners. We expect this initiative to gain great momentum once our ownership change to PRCC is finalized on April 1, 2019 (as communicated to you last week).
We plan to engage our staff, residents, families, the community and our health authority and community partners to look at exciting options for our campus, ranging from independent living, long-term care, specialized dementia care (“dementia village”), adult day care and respite care.
Comox has a critical need for seniors’ services right now and this is expected to continue increasing for the next 20 years, with Alzheimer and dementia patients having the most urgent housing and care needs.
The Minister’s announcement is confirmation that the provincial government appreciates there is growing demand for these services in the Comox area and on Vancouver Island. It gives us confidence that we’re on the right path with our unique and innovative vision for the Views and we are continuing our planning toward delivering on that vision.
The Views is committed to continuing to work with government, partners and community stakeholders to build momentum and start our redevelopment so we can meet the most pressing local and regional needs in a timely manner.
The Ministry of Health’s news release on today’s announcement confirms what has been publicly discussed before – that the current four hospice beds we operate will be transferred to the new Golden Life care home when it’s completed construction. We know some of these transitions will be challenging and our commitment is to work closely with staff, families, Island Health and the community to ensure full engagement and transparency in all planning processes as they are undertaken in the future.
We have a history of meeting the existing and emerging needs of our most vulnerable members of society. I have no doubt our transformative plans – delivered with our unique brand of compassionate care and with the best staff, medical staff and volunteers – will make us leaders in seniors care not just on Vancouver Island, but for BC.
Thank you once again for continuing to support this vision and for the day-to-day care you provide to our residents and clients.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 250-331-8650, Ext. 68761, or email me at email@example.com.