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Construction starts on innovative care village in Comox

Press Release

June 13, 2022

COMOX – Residents and seniors in the Comox Valley will soon have access to high-quality and innovative dementia care within a state-of-the-art long-term care home.

Based on the concept of a dementia village, the care home is located at 2137 Comox Ave.

“Greater access to dementia care is needed for many people living on the island and across the province. The new Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea, will provide a real solution as residents benefit from freedom of movement, access to nature and interaction with the community,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

Construction on Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea is underway. The dementia care village is being built on the site of the existing The Views long-term care home and the former St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

“Our construction start today represents a new vision for long-term care in B.C. and will advance the provincial direction for long-term care improvements,” said Candace Chartier, president and CEO, Providence Living. “We are grateful to the support of our partners, including St. Paul’s Foundation and Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, which will enable Providence Living to create environments that help seniors continue to live meaningful lives even when they become too frail to live independently.”

In February 2020, Island Health signed a project development agreement with Providence Living to redevelop a care community to replace The Views. The new care home will include 155 publicly funded beds and one private pay bed.

“It’s exciting to see construction starting at Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea. The project’s innovative physical design around a secure, one-acre courtyard will offer a new model of long-term care based on the de Hogeweyk dementia village in the Netherlands,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care.

The dementia care village will offer a new care and staffing model called Home for Us. Care will shift from the traditional model of care to a new social/relational model of care that integrates a person-centered approach to care.

When complete in 2024, Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea will consist of small, self-contained households of 12 private rooms each with its own bathroom. Care staff will be common to each household, fostering interpersonal connection between residents and caregivers.

Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea will also feature a child care centre to foster intergeneration connection at the new care village. Operated by the Comox Valley Children’s Day Care Society, 32 new child care spaces (eight infant-toddler spaces and 24 2.5-years-to-kindergarten spaces) will be supported through a $1.2-million grant from the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.

“This is a big day for people in Comox and area as construction starts on the new facility,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “I thank everyone who worked so hard to get us to this point and I look forward to watching the residence get built.”

The child care operator will be eligible to apply for both the early childhood educator wage enhancement for staff and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI), which lowers the cost of child care for families.

“I think this fabulous approach combining seniors’ long-term care and child care will really lift seniors up, bring them joy and benefit Comox families for years to come,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “These new child care spaces will enable more parents to pursue work, school and other opportunities and also help make life more affordable.”

Quick Fact:

  • Parents, with children attending the child care centre, making up to $111,000 can also apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) to further reduce child care costs.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Providence Living Place, visit:
https://prcc.providencehealthcare.org/our-sites-services/providence-living-place-together-sea

To learn more about seniors’ care in the Comox Valley, visit:
https://www.islandhealth.ca/news/news-releases/island-health-signs-project-agreementfirst-publicly-funded-dementia-village-vancouver-island

A backgrounder follows.

Contacts:

Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

Providence Living
604 813-1326 (media line)

Island Health
Media Relations
250 213-9926


BACKGROUNDER

Providence Living Place

  • Providence Living Place, Together By the Sea will include 156 resident rooms, each with its own bathroom. 155 resident rooms will be publicly funded, and one room will be private pay.
  • Residents’ rooms will be grouped in small, self-contained households of 12, arranged around a central common space to form a safe perimeter.
  • The dementia village will include amenities for residents and the wider community, including community gardens, child care with capacity for 32 children, Island Health-funded adult day programs, art studio, bistro and chapel.
  • In collaboration with the Komoks Nation stand-alone dedicated Indigenous space will be constructed in the style of a traditional Big House.
  • A social relational model of resident-directed care for people with dementia.
  • Foster free movement of people with dementia within the dementia village’s secured central courtyard area for residents that features walking paths, sitting areas and gardening boxes.
  • Ensuring resident involvement in everyday activities within the household or the wider, secure village.
  • Focusing on individualized smaller groupings, cultural bonds, friendships and social activities.
  • Emphasizing daily life and sense of belonging by involving residents with food preparation, cooking and laundry.
  • Strong emphasis on family, volunteer and community involvement in the activities of the village.
  • The concept for Providence Living Place, Together By the Sea was inspired by the dementia village in De Hogeweyk, Netherlands. The concept focuses on creating home-like environments that maximize the opportunities for residents to engage, as fully as possible, in familiar and meaningful roles.

Contacts:

Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

Island Health
Media Relations
250 213-9926

Providence Living
604 813-1326 (media line)

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