Island Health selects designer for 3 new long-term care homes

Island Health selects designer for 3 new long-term care homes
Province of B.C.
An October 2023 rendering of the long-term care home in Nanaimo is shown.

Island Health says it has chosen an engineering company as the health authority’s design consultant for three new long-term care (LTC) homes on Vancouver Island.

The three new care homes – located in Colwood, Nanaimo/Lantzville and Campbell River – are slated to open in 2027 and will include a combined 765 beds.

Island Health says engineering company Stantec will help design all three LTC homes, with an eye towards environmental friendliness and keeping resident health and community ties as a priority.

Each site will include “easy-to-reach gathering places,” gardens, childcare centres, hospice care, specialized care units and space for adult day programs.

Stantec also says it will work with local First Nations and other project partners on the design of the long-term care homes.

“People on the Island and around B.C. deserve good quality healthcare services at every state of life, and we’re committed to providing high-quality long-term care,” said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix in a release Friday.

“This project will enable more access for individuals, especially seniors, to the care they need and ensure that individuals receive compassionate support and comfort during their final stages of life, closer to home,” he said.

‘Shared vision’

The two long-term care homes in Colwood and Nanaimo/Lantzville will feature 306 beds each, while the LTC home in Campbell River will include 153 beds.

The health authority says that by choosing one company to design all three long-term care homes, some services in the facilities can be standardized, making them easier to run.

Stantec adds that while some features will be standardized, each building will also be unique to their site conditions and communities.

“By embracing a single design strategy and harmonizing our approach across all three sites, we are setting a new standard in long-term care,” said Ergin Ozbadem, Island Health chief project officer.


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