Fraser Health has added in an additional 18 publicly funded residential care beds in the Langley area.
SURREY – To support those seniors who are not able to live out their days in their own homes, Fraser Health has added an additional 18 publicly funded residential care beds in the Langley area, bringing the total number of publicly funded residential care beds to 681 in that community.
The 18 new publicly funded beds will be located at Langley Lodge and Fort Langley Care Centre. All of the beds will be in private rooms situated in clusters referred to as ‘neighbourhoods’ to facilitate community-building with other residents, family members and staff. All of the rooms open out to common living and dining spaces to give them easy access to the facilities’ amenities. Both residential care facilities meet current Fraser Health building design standards and the beds will collectively be resourced at an average of 3.36 direct care hours per resident day in keeping with the provincial target.
“We need to ensure that seniors have the supports they need in a place they can call home. These new beds provide seniors in Langley with increased access to residential care and support our commitment to ensure residents can benefit from enough direct care hours,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“Our population is rapidly growing and aging and we need to build capacity to care for seniors in our region,” said Fraser Health President and CEO Michael Marchbank. “While home is always best and we prioritize seniors living at home as long as they can, when living at home is no longer an option we are committed to providing safe, supportive and caring environments to the seniors that live in our communities.”
In the last two years, in addition to these new beds, Fraser Health has opened a total of 403 new residential care beds across the region with more than 8,000 people calling residential care their home.
As our population ages, we are continuing to plan to ensure we can meet the needs of our elderly population. In addition to making investments in residential care, Fraser Health has been supporting older adults to live in their homes in the community longer by investing in home support and integration with primary care.