March 20, 2017 - 2:30 PM
KAMLOOPS – Residential care for seniors in Kamloops is getting a helping hand with the addition of 48 care beds.
These beds are for seniors who require 24-hour care. Sometimes these patients have complex health needs, or dementia.
According to a media release, Interior Health issued a request for proposals in September 2016 for design, construction and operation of 243 new residential care beds.
The proposals had to meet a series of requirements. They had to be home-like building environments, not institutional-feeling, that are safe for both residents and staff, with innovative design and flexible in function, operationally efficient, and environmentally responsible with dementia-friendly elements.
Consultation with local communities, including First Nations is required during the development and construction phases, the release states.
The expansion at H&H Total Care Services at The Hamlet should be complete by summer 2018.
“Our population is aging and becoming more medically complex. Conditions such as dementia are on the rise,” Interior Health Board chair John O’Fee says in the release. “The addition of 243 beds across Interior Health will benefit seniors and others who need around-the-clock care.”
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