Province to spend $40 million to build new nursing homes, update older ones

The health authority announced Thursday it will spend $40 million on the project and has signed agreements for six new and expanded residential care facilities. The agreements represent the first stage in a longer-term plan that will see a significant number of the region’s residential care facilities rebuilt to today’s modern standard. 

“There is a lot of older stock in residential care when it comes to Vancouver so this is welcome news. It brings those beds into a modern era,” said Daniel Fontaine, CEO of the B.C. Care Providers Association, whose members represent about 66 per cent of the publicly funded extended care beds in the province. 

Under the new agreements, when the homes are upgraded, all of the 600 beds affected will be private with ensuite washrooms. B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie had recommended previously that by 2025 at least 95 per cent of all residential care beds should be single rooms. At the time of her 2015 report approximately 75 per cent of the 27,421 extended care beds in the province were single rooms.

Kim Pemberton reports

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