120 ADDITIONAL LONG TERM CARE HOMES NOW PART OF THE MIX FOR NEW INGLEWOOD CARE CENTRE
West Vancouver, B.C., March 22, 2022: With the inventory of long term care housing for seniors on the decline in West Vancouver, Baptist Housing has decided to reconfigure the space in one of the new buildings proposed for the new Inglewood Care Centre, to fully accommodate 120 long term care (LTC) suites.
Last year’s closure of 75 West Van Care Centre beds and 205 Capilano Care Centre beds leaves Inglewood as the last government funded long term care community in West Vancouver. Under an updated proposal expected to be considered by the District of West Vancouver in coming weeks, the current 230 long term care suites at the outdated Inglewood residence will eventually expand to 360 in total.
“Many have the impression that West Van residents have the means to afford any number of housing options, but in reality, there just isn’t enough housing for our growing seniors' population,” said Marc Kinna, president and CEO, Baptist Housing. “We have heard loud and clear that people are concerned there will not be enough long term care space available in West Van in the long term. So, with our recently completed reconfiguration of one of the new buildings in our plan, we will be able to make it home to 120 LTC additional suites.”
Phase One (unchanged)
- 230 new LTC suites will be built in the first two new buildings. These are for the residents who currently live in the outdated Inglewood Care Centre to be replaced. These 230 homes are funded by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
- 10 new private pay LTC suites will be also added in the first two buildings.
Phase Two (updated plan)
- 120 additional LTC suites will be built in the third building of the project as Phase Two begins. In the original plan, the third building was to have been a mix of housing types but will now have long term care suites exclusively.
- These rooms will be built to Vancouver Coastal Health’s latest design standards, and they offer the restoration of much needed capacity in the District.
- A fourth building will continue to offer 48 affordable housing units for seniors and 107 for team members/workforce in partnership with BC Housing.
- The fifth building offers 200 independent living suites on a rental basis.
In addition, Inglewood will be the first development in Canada with pandemic-informed Infection Control and Prevention principles incorporated into the design.
All LTC units will be configured in “households of 12” to limit interactions between large groups of residents during a flu or other viral outbreaks. A glazed visiting room at the household entry allows for visitors to visit residents in their household without physical contact during outbreaks. Team members who provide service for the residents will access households through the “back of house.”
The new Inglewood site is described as a “Continuum of Care” which enables seniors to live in the kind of residence best suited to them, even if needs should change over time as they age. See more on the Inglewood Care Centre project at https://renewinglewood.ca
About Baptist Housing
As a non-profit faith organization, Baptist Housing has a rich history of serving seniors in British Columbia. Our first senior living community was built in Vancouver’s Killarney neighbourhood in 1964. Today, we serve over 2750 residents supported by 2500 team members. Our 21 senior living communities offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, and affordable housing for seniors in Vancouver, West Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Victoria, Kelowna, White Rock, Salmon Arm and Armstrong. For more information about Baptist Housing, please visit baptisthousing.org.