A new $286 million long-term care home is coming to the Nanaimo area, which will include more than 300 beds.
The long-term care facility will be built at 6910 and 6930 Lantzville Rd. in Lantzville, north of Nanaimo, and will feature 306 long-term care beds, including one unit with 20 hospice beds and one unit with 26 specialized care beds.
The care home will be divided into four main buildings, with each one containing single bedrooms with ensuite washrooms and one larger resident room for people with special equipment needs.
The buildings will also contain shared dining rooms, lounge areas and outdoor spaces.
Meanwhile, the property will be home to a 26-bed specialized unit for people who have unique long-term care needs, such as young adults or people who have traumatic brain injuries, mental-health issues or substance-use issues.
The site will also include a common space for activities and special events, a space for adult day programs that other people in the community can access, a hair salon and a 37-seat childcare facility.
“We want people in Nanaimo to have health-care support through each chapter of their lives,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo, in a release Thursday.
“This new facility will improve long-term care services in our region and help our aging population stay happy and healthy longer,” she said.
The $286 million project will be funded by the province and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District.
Island Health is contributing $171.5 million, while the hospital district is providing $114 million.
Construction of the long-term care facility is scheduled to begin in 2025 and will wrap up in 2027, according to the province.
Once it opens, it will be operated by Island Health.