Interior Health has awarded contracts for the development of 35 residential care beds in Penticton. Submitted photo

New residential care beds for Penticton

Interior Health awards contract for 35 new residential care beds

Interior Health has awarded contracts for the development of 35 residential care beds in Penticton.

“Our population is aging and becoming more medically complex. Conditions such as dementia are on the rise,” said Interior Health board chair John O’Fee. “The addition of 243 beds across Interior Health will benefit seniors and others who need around-the-clock care.”

Good Samaritan Canada will develop 18 complex care beds and H&H Total Care Services Inc. will develop 17 beds. Both partners have existing facilities in Penticton.

Interior Health issued a series of Request for Proposals in September 2016 for the design, construction and operation of 243 new residential care beds in communities across Interior Health.

The RFPs called for building environments that are homelike and not institutional-feeling; safe for residents and staff; innovatively designed and flexible in function; operationally efficient; environmentally responsible in design, construction and operations; and include dementia-friendly elements.

The RFP sought proposals from operators with experience in residential care project development and operation and seniors’ care, with consideration of First Nations engagement and cultural safety.

Consultation with the local community, including First Nations communities, is required throughout design development and upon completion during operations. The successful proponents must develop a care model that supports the needs of residents, and includes residents and their families in care delivery planning. The care model will also include collaboration with local family physicians.

“H&H is thankful for the opportunity to expand its partnership with Interior Health at The Hamlets at Penticton,” said Andre Van Ryk, chief administrator of H&H. “We have been collaborating with Interior Health on many different initiatives, such as specific First Nations programming, and this added support will enable our team to further improve the quality of life of those in our care.”

The new beds are expected to open in fall 2018.

“Providing quality health, community care services, and accommodations to aging individuals in need is a top priority for our organization, as a registered charity,” said Good Samaritan Canada president and CEO Shawn Terlson. “We are thrilled that we can expand on our Good Samaritan Village by the Station care home to provide additional support to the community of Penticton.

Interior Health currently has 5,754 residential care beds, providing 24/7 care and support for individuals with complex care needs who are no longer able to live at home independently or with supports. This includes frail and elderly individuals with chronic conditions, such as those with dementia, whose needs may change over time.