125 long-term care beds to be built in Surrey for the South Asian community

Sep 17 2020, 12:00 am

The provincial government announced today the project to build PICS Diversity Village in Surrey will proceed.

The complex at 6471 175A Street, located on a 2.5-acre site just west of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, will create 125 publicly funded long-term care beds for seniors.

It will provide “culturally sensitive” services to the South Asian community, but any senior who meets the criteria to be admitted into a long-term care facility can choose PICS Diversity Village as their preferred facility, regardless of their ethnic or cultural background.

“Across our province, our senior’s population continues to grow, which is why investments into services such as long-term care beds are so important,” said Adrian Dix, BC Minister of Health, in a statement.

“With the addition of these new beds in the Fraser Health region, we are ensuring services for seniors are in place to support people for many years to come.”

The beds within the three-storey, concrete building will be grouped into villages, with each “house” entailing private self-contained rooms that include a kitchen, dining room, living room, and activity room. Each house is a self-contained unit for residents, which enables options for different cultural and linguistic groups, and specific care groups such as residents with dementia.

Residents will also have access to private outdoor amenity space.

Each resident at the new facility will receive an average of 3.36 direct care hours. The project is a partnership between PICS, Fraser Health Authority, and the provincial government.

The project’s total construction cost is $58 million, with $5 million coming from PICS through fundraising. The provincial government, through Fraser Health Authority, will provide operational funding.

“As our population continues to age, we are continuing to bolster the resources we provide seniors living in our region, including long-term care beds,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO.

“While we want to ensure we are supporting people to live independently in the community for as long as possible, we are also working to make long-term care beds more accessible to seniors if and when they need that level of support.”

There is an estimated gap of 500 long-term care beds just for the South Asian community in Surrey.

Surrey Memorial Hospital currently provides care for 150 South Asian seniors, and this new facility will reduce overcrowding at the hospital and save the provincial government about $1,000 per day in costs per senior.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 for a completion in 2024.

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