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B.C. to build $58-million long-term care facility for Surrey seniors

DCN-JOC News Services
B.C. to build $58-million long-term care facility for Surrey seniors
PROVINCE OF B.C. — A rendering shows the design of PICS Diversity Village, a long-term care facility planned for Surrey, B.C.

SURREY, B.C. — More long-term care beds for seniors are coming to Surrey.

B.C. officials announced they will be adding 125 publicly funded long-term care beds to the region when it completes its new facility in 2024.

The project, PICS Diversity Village, will be operated by the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS). The village will provide culturally sensitive services to people who identify as South Asian.

The province noted it will feature unique neighbourhoods to facilitate community building with other residents, family members and staff, and will be able to provide care for a full range of complex care residents.

“As our population continues to age, we are continuing to bolster the resources we provide seniors living in our region, including long-term care beds,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO, in a statement. “While we want to ensure we are supporting people to live independently in the community for as long as possible, we are also working to make long-term care beds more accessible to seniors if and when they need that level of support.”

PICS Diversity Village is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Fraser Health and PICS.

Officials anticipate the facility will cost $58 million, with PICS providing $5 million in fundraising for construction.

Once open, the Ministry of Health, through Fraser Health, will provide operational funding on an ongoing basis for care services.

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2022.

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