Island Health provides more residential care

Request for proposals to create 40 to 60 new and replacement residential care beds in the Cowichan Valley.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority has issued a request for proposals to create 40 to 60 new and replacement residential care beds in the Cowichan Valley.

“These additional beds represent a significant investment in seniors’ care by Island Health. Residential beds provide 24/7 care and support for people with complex care needs who are no longer able to live at home independently or with supports,” said Kellie Hudson, media relations manager, in an Aug. 3 release.

The spaces will be used by the frail and elderly, and those with dementia, whose needs may change over time.

Proposals are being accepted until Sept. 30, 2016. Following a period of evaluation, Island Health anticipates a contract will be awarded early in the new year.

Construction will begin in summer 2017 and the new beds will open in early 2019.