A giant crane looms over the construction of the Monashee Mews residential care facility on Norris Avenue in Lumby.

A giant crane looms over the construction of the Monashee Mews residential care facility on Norris Avenue in Lumby.

Residential care facility on track in Lumby

Officials expect Monashee Mews to open its doors in spring 2013

A seniors care project is moving ahead in Lumby after years of lobbying.

Construction is well underway on Monashee Mews, a 46-bed complex care facility across from the village office. It’s expected to be open in the spring of 2013.

“Families will be able to stay together,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, adding that the current situation sees seniors having to move to Vernon or other communities when they can no longer live at home.

The beds will be funded by the Ministry of Health but the facility will be operated by inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services.

“People here will get preference,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, of Lumby residents but points out that vacant beds will be open to anyone from throughout the IHA region.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.