Lumby pushes for next project phase

New seniors care facility failing to meet the needs of local residents

A new seniors care facility is a welcome addition to Lumby, but it’s not taking care of all of the local needs.

Mayor Kevin Acton says he has heard from some residents who are concerned they can’t get into Monashee Mews because it’s not a retirement residence.

“There’s not an understanding of what the criteria is for the facility,” he said.

Monashee Mews provides care for physically frail seniors and people with mild to moderate dementia. There is also a 10-bed unit for adults with acquired brain injuries.

Acton says Monashee Mews is a vital addition to the community, but he admits it doesn’t help people who can’t live at home anymore but don’t require extensive care.

“There’s definitely a gap that we still need to fill,” he said.

“We will be pushing for a phase two of the project.”

The operator of Monashee Mews, inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services, could not be reached for comment.