No closure of Cairnsmore Place and no job losses with new beds

Our intention was to celebrate and share the good news that we are committed to increasing residential care capacity in your community.

Re: “40-60 seniors care beds coming to Cowichan Valley”, (Citizen, Aug. 5)

Thank you for this opportunity to clarify information in a story that ran in your paper last week, regarding new and replacement residential care beds for the Cowichan Valley.

Our intention was to celebrate and share the good news that we are committed to increasing residential care capacity in your community.

However, there may be some misunderstanding around the announcement, so we’d like to explain the Request for Proposal process a little better.

The outcome of this RFP will not result in the closure of long-term care at Cairnsmore Place.

Cairnsmore will continue to play an important role in meeting the needs of seniors and those who require residential care. Additionally, there will be no job loss associated with this process.

While there has been no final decision regarding the hospice beds, we continue to work in partnership with the local hospice society to advance our shared commitment to increase community hospice beds in the Cowichan Valley.

We are extremely pleased that the RFP process is underway, and we look forward to working together with our staff and the residents of Cowichan Valley to improve access to community-based facility care for seniors.

 

Timothy Orr

director, Residential Services

and Norm Peters

executive director,

Surgical Services & Heart Health

Island Health

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