Seniors and individuals in Campbell River who can no longer live on their own will soon have access to improved residential care services.
Earlier this year Island Health issued a Request for Proposals seeking proponents to own and operate 40 new community-based care beds in Campbell River by 2017. Following an extensive evaluation process, Park Place Seniors has been selected as the preferred proponent.
Park Place Seniors, which owns and operates the New Horizons residential care facility in Campbell River, will be building a new residential care wing on its existing facility to house the 40 new publicly-funded beds, of which 20 will deliver licensed dementia care and 20 will deliver services to residents who have more complex care needs, including moderate and advanced dementia. The operator will also be building five new private pay beds at the same location for a total residential care capacity of 126 publicly-funded and 13 private pay beds.
Island Health and Park Place Seniors will work toward finalizing a project development agreement early in 2015. Construction is expected to take 21 months, with the new wing to open in 2017.
Construction costs of the new facility will be in the range of $9 million, with annual operation costs for the 40 beds, funded by Island Health, in the range of $2 million.
“This is the next step in our commitment to create an additional 40 community-care beds in Campbell River to open concurrently with the new Campbell River Hospital,” said Island Health Board Chair Don Hubbard. “These new beds will improve residential care access for those who can no longer live at home.”
The beds support Island Health’s focus on community-based care which is often the most appropriate care setting for people who can no longer manage at home.