City gains care beds

Construction is expected to begin this year on a new care home to accommodate 85 new residential care beds in Vernon

Construction is expected to begin this year on a new care home to accommodate 85 new residential care beds in Vernon.

Interior Health (IH) has awarded a contract to H&H Total Care Services Inc. to create the beds within the city of Vernon.

The contract is the result of a Request for Proposal (RFP) call issued in February to create 185 new residential care beds in the Okanagan, 100 beds in Kelowna and 85 beds in Vernon.

“This is great news for North Okanagan residents,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “These additional beds will ensure residential care services will remain available for those requiring them, and close to their home community.”

IH received 10 submissions in response to the RFP for the design, construction and operation of the new beds. After careful evaluation, H&H Total Care Services Inc. emerged as the successful proponent.

“We’re very pleased to continue our working relationship with H&H Total Care Services Inc.,” said IH board chair Erwin Malzer, as there are contracts with H&H in Kamloops and Penticton.

“We’re very proud of the quality services we provide and that we can offer a home focused on quality of life for those requiring residential care,” said H&H Total Care Services Inc. CEO Andre Van Ryk.

The new, multi-storey residential care home will be constructed at 3006 29th Avenue with 85 publicly-funded and five private pay residential complex care beds, as well as additional private pay assisted living beds. Construction is anticipated to begin this year, with occupancy expected mid-2017.