Fraser Health and Delta Hospital Foundation partner on new residential care facility

August 13, 2015

Original release from Fraser Health:
Fraser Health is entering into a partnership with Delta Hospital Foundation that will help keep Delta residents healthy and at home, and out of hospital. 
As an initial step, the partners are moving forward with the development of a business case for a new and unique residential care facility that will serve a dual purpose of providing both residential care and home health services.
“This unique partnership will help ensure that Delta seniors can stay in their own homes as long as possible and is a reflection of the Ministry’s desire to examine community-based solutions that best meet the needs of residents,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. 
The proposed concept for a purpose-built facility will include a residential care facility that will also help keep seniors at home longer by providing other community-based services that they may not be able to do independently at home. The exact kinds of services and how they will be provided will be identified through the development of the business case for this new model of care.
“Fraser Health and the Delta Hospital Foundation’s partnership will provide Delta residents with the supports they need to stay at home and in their community longer,” said Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. “With our aging population, the facility represents an important investment in our future and the future of the community.” 
“Delta is a community with a large seniors’ population and we need to find new and innovative ways to keep people healthy and living at home longer. This proposed model will provide Delta residents with options for receiving health care services while still living in their own homes, and if they need to eventually transition to residential care, they have a new option in their community,” said Rhonda Veldhoen, Executive Director, White Rock/ South Surrey and Delta Health Services & Peace Arch Hospital and Delta Hospital.
“We are happy to fund the business case for this project in partnership with Fraser Health. This is an exciting opportunity to look at current best practices for elder care and the needs of our hospital and community,” said Veronica Carroll, Executive Director, Delta Hospital Foundation. “A new model of residential care for Delta Hospital will provide aging residents and their families with the opportunity to stay in the community they love, surrounded by friends, family and the amenities to which they’ve become accustomed. It’s an opportunity to age in place with the support and services needed right on the door step.”
Business case development examines, in fine detail, project requirements, scope of the capital investment and design options. The business case serves as the foundation for the procurement, design and construction processes, and over time, will involve a project team made up of facility and clinical experts and extensive consultation with staff, physicians and stakeholders. It will build on Delta Hospital’s current Master Site Plan.
The new residential care facility is planned to be located on the Delta Hospital campus. Business case development is expected to begin in September 2015, with anticipated approval by Fraser Health’s Board of Directors in late 2016.