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Lions Manor-Fentiman will be a new eight-storey campus of care

Lions Manor-Fentiman will be a new eight-storey campus of care.

More people in Steveston and southwest Richmond will have access to high-quality long-term care as Vancouver Coastal Health prepares to build a new care home with more than 150 beds.

Richmond is one of the fastest growing communities in B.C.; I believe through investments like this, people who live here will have access to care they can count on, including long-term care in their own community.

“People in Richmond and across B.C. deserve good health care at every stage of life – and that’s why improving high-quality long-term care is a top priority for our government,” said Premier David Eby. “This new long-term care facility will be a vibrant new home for seniors in this fast-growing city, who will be able to age with dignity and receive the care they need in the community they know and love. This facility will also take pressure off our hospitals, freeing up beds for people recovering from illness or injury.”

Richmond Lions Manor-Fentiman will be a new eight-storey campus of care and will offer a total of 144 long-term care beds and 14 hospice beds. The project will enter the procurement phase with construction expected to begin in 2025 and be complete in 2028.

“People want to know that as they age, they will have access to the right care services, including comfortable, home-like long-term care,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “That’s why investing in new homes such as Richmond Lions Manor-Fentiman is a top priority for our government. These homes will help meet the growing demand for long-term care and provide high-quality services and support to help residents stay healthy, active and safe in their community.”

The new care home will be built on the original site of Richmond Lions Manor, which was built in 1970, at 11771 Fentiman Pl. The original home served the community for several decades and closed in 2014 to protect the safety of its residents.

“Vancouver Coastal Health is thrilled to develop a new health-care campus that will provide long-term care, hospice services and support caregivers and the broader health and wellness in the community of Richmond,” said Jo-Ann Tait, vice-president, Richmond Community, Vancouver Coastal Health. “We look forward to welcoming residents to the new campus, which will be a vibrant place to live, visit and work for years to come.”

The new care home will replace the 86 beds currently at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport and add 58 new beds. The facility will be designed as “households” accommodating 12 residents in single-bed rooms with bathrooms and will include the social and recreational spaces found in a typical home, such as a living room, dining room, kitchen and activity space.

The home will also include an adult day program and overnight respite that will allow people to live independently in the community while receiving services to support their well-being and health, as well as a hospice unit and a 37-space child care facility.

The capital cost of the project is $177.7 million and the campus of care will be built, owned and operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Long-term care homes provide care and supervision for people with complex care needs, who can no longer live safely and independently at home, through a range of services delivered by well-trained, compassionate and caring staff.

To meet growing demand over the past five years, government has invested approximately $2 billion to expand and improve quality care for seniors in British Columbia, including investments in primary care, home health, long-term care and assisted living.

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