Thursday, February 22, 2024

Seniors rejoice: Over 300 long-term care beds coming to Colwood for aging population

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The aging population in and around Victoria can breathe a sigh of relief.

Greater Victoria is renowned as the ideal retirement destination for seniors across the country, but there has long been a shortage of long-term beds for care homes which is often the next step for local retirees. 

On Thursday March 16th, Island Health announced that they have a new care home in the works for the West Shore which will bring much-needed long-term beds to Greater Victoria residents.

“Ensuring that seniors in BC are able to live independently for as long as safely possible and have access to comfortable, home-like care services when they need it is a top priority for our government,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. 

“That’s why we continue to invest in projects such as this Westshore long-term care project, to meet the growing demands for high-quality long-term community-based care.”

The new building coming to Colwood will be a three-floor facility, and will be situated near the corner of Metchosin Road and Latoria Boulevard.

The building has just now entered the procurement phase of its development and construction is to begin in 2025, according to the Ministry of Health. 

It is predicted to be finished by 2027.

“We are so pleased to be moving ahead with plans for a new long-term care home in the Westshore,” said Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health. 

“Ensuring that seniors and younger adults who require long-term care have access to safe, compassionate care will allow them to age with dignity in a supportive and home-like environment.”

A hospice unit for the building’s aging residents will be a huge part of what this building can offer as well as a specialized unit for younger adults who require long-term care. 

An adult day program will help community members live independently while utilizing the new care centre while hairdressing, therapy services and a bistro will bring a taste of the hustle and bustle of life to residents. 

The centre will also offer 37 child-care spaces for parents in Colwood. The Capital Regional Hospital District is chipping in $67 million and the province is contributing $157 million.

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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