March 06, 2016 - 3:38 PM
VERNON – Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster was joined by H & H Total Care Services Inc. and Interior Health (IH) representatives Friday, March 4 to officially break ground on the North Okanagan’s newest residential care home, The Hamlets at Vernon.
“Supporting seniors’ health and well-being in their home communities, close to the ones they love, is part of the province’s strategic vision for an age-friendly British Columbia,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Once complete, the Hamlets at Vernon will offer a variety of supports to seniors and vulnerable adults with complex care needs.”
The Hamlets at Vernon is being constructed at 3050 29 Avenue and will be a six storey building with 85 publicly-funded and 15 private pay residential complex care beds, as well as 53 private pay assisted living beds. The building will also provide main floor retail space for businesses catering to the needs of the residents living in the building as well as seniors living in the surrounding area.
“It’s very exciting to see progress being made on this new facility,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “The expansion of supports for seniors throughout the North Okanagan is a priority and this groundbreaking moves us one step closer to providing additional supports, all in one convenient location.”
The Hamlets at Vernon will create an urban residential community providing assisted living services, adult day care programs and residential care services all under the same roof. The care home was also designed to maximize the delivery of shared support services to residents.
“This is great news for the expansion and delivery of high quality care for seniors with complex care needs,” said IH Board Chair Erwin Malzer. “In addition to supporting the elderly and individuals who are no longer able to manage on their own, these beds will help reduce pressures placed on our local health-care facilities.”
“We’re excited and proud to be underway in the construction of this care home,” said H & H Total Care Services Inc. Chief Executive Officer Andre Van Ryk. “The design of the care home community is visually pleasing while adhering to Interior Health’s design principles.”
As much as possible, natural daylight, external views and outdoor spaces are incorporated into the building. Large open areas also provide maximum daylight for the dining facility and common lobby areas. The corner intersections of each floor have open decks allowing residents to oversee and participate in the urban street scene below.
“These 85 new contracted beds are a great addition to the residents of Vernon and the surrounding communities,” said IH Residential Services Executive Director Cindy Kozak-Campbell. “On top of supports and services found in other care homes, this new facility was designed to accommodate individuals with moderate and higher levels of dementia.”
Construction is underway at the site with completion and occupancy expected in mid-2017. IH currently contracts with H & H Total Care Services Inc. to provide residential services at care homes in Kamloops and Penticton.
Residential care services provide 24/7 professional supervision and care in a secure, home-like environment for individuals with complex care needs that cannot be met at home or in an assisted living residence.
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