Victoria, BC – The renewal of residential care services in the Greater Victoria area took a significant step forward today with the approval of a bylaw that will enable the Capital Regional Hospital District to invest up to $40 million in the redevelopment of long term residential care beds. The contribution will form part of a three-way partnership under negotiation between the CRHD, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and Baptist Housing for the replacement of residential care beds at Oak Bay Lodge and Mt Tolmie Hospital and to secure the future development of residential care beds at the CRHD's Mount View site. This agreement proposes the replacement of approximately 500-600 residential care beds, the majority of which will be replacement beds with a small number of potential new beds.
"This emerging partnership between the Capital Regional Hospital District, Baptist Housing and VIHA represents a new approach to the residential care sector," said Ida Chong, Oak Bay Gordon Head MLA. "It will also help to provide assurance to the public that these facilities will remain in public hands."
The CRHD’s participation is subject to final approval by the provincial government, successful negotiation of an operating agreement between VIHA and Baptist Housing and transfer of ownership of the Oak Bay Lodge land from VIHA to the CRHD.
“The CRHD is very pleased at the prospect of participating in this essential project,” said CRHD Chair and View Royal Mayor Graham Hill. “The redevelopment of residential care facilities is critical to our growing aging population and this partnership reinforces our commitment to provide a higher standard of care for our seniors.”
VIHA issued a request for proposals in November 2009 to seek proponents to replace existing residential beds at Oak Bay Lodge and Mt Tolmie Hospital. Baptist Housing emerged as the successful proponent and the parties have been working closely toward achieving a final proposal. At the same time, the CRHD has been working to secure a residential care bed replacement project to locate at its property at Mount View Heights in Saanich.The Mount View Heights project envisions the creation of a community comprised of residential care, supportive and affordable housing at the Carey Road site.
“We are very pleased that the CRHD has approved this bylaw and happy to be working with them on this new approach to renewing residential care capacity for the Region,” said VIHA Board Chair Don Hubbard. “We have been in the negotiating phase for a significant period and look forward to the finalization of a project agreement with Baptist Housing and the CRHD.”
Baptist Housing is a faith-based, non-profit organization that has been providing housing and compassionate care for seniors in British Columbia since 1964. Baptist Housing owns and operates a full range of seniors housing and care services in the Capital Region including; affordable seniors housing at Elgin Gardens, independent living at Shannon Oaks, assisted living and affordable housing at Marrion Village, and residential care at Central Care and Mount Edwards Court Care Homes.
"Baptist Housing is extremely pleased to partner with CRHD and VIHA,” said Baptist Housing CEO Howard Johnson. “Today's announcement represents significant progress towards the creation and replacement of residential care beds in the Capital Regional District."
An announcement about the project details will be made once the tri-partite agreement has been signed and once residents, families and staff at the sites have been notified.
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