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Construction of new care home well underway

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KELOWNA – Kelowna’s newest residential care home is on track and on budget. Glenmore Lodge is being constructed by Baltic Properties Ltd. at 325 Drysdale Blvd., in the Kelowna neighbourhood of Glenmore. Construction began in fall of last year and is on schedule to be completed in February 2017.

“Kelowna and the surrounding communities have always welcomed seniors with open arms. BC’s strong, diverse economy gives us the ability to invest in the services people depend on, such as these additional beds for seniors who call the Central Okanagan home,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

Glenmore Lodge will house 100 publicly funded residential care beds along with 18 private-pay residential care beds. The new care home will consist of two interconnected buildings featuring small neighborhoods designed to promote community and wellness in a home-like environment.

“I’m very pleased with the level of progress being made on Glenmore Lodge,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “The new residential care home ensures the aging and growing population continues to receive quality care in a comfortable environment.”

“Today’s residential care homes combine the best elements of quality health care within welcoming surroundings.” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “With over 100 beds at Glenmore Lodge, we’re continuing to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents of the Central Okanagan.”

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.

“Interior Health is proud to partner with Baltic Properties Ltd. on this new care home” said IH Board Chair Erwin Malzer. “These new beds will not only provide homes for those in need, they will ensure people are receiving care in the most appropriate place which ultimately will lower visits to our local emergency department and reduce pressures at our hospitals.”

Glenmore Lodge will include a wide range of services and amenities including an ice cream parlor, salt water fish tank, library and baby grand piano. Outdoor patios and balconies will also ensure residents can enjoy the outdoors.

“This brand new care home for Kelowna is an exciting development for us,” said Baltic Properties Ltd. managing partner Will McKay. “Glenmore Lodge will offer services designed to maximize independence and help residents feel comfortable, secure and cared for in a beautiful and modern new home.”

IH is focusing its resources on five key strategies that will shift the system away from hospitals and towards care provided in a community setting. One of these strategies is directed at improving primary and community care outcomes for frail seniors living with complex chronic conditions.

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