Trellis Seniors Services Proposes a Sunshine Coast Solution to Deliver New Residential Care Beds.
Updated Monday, July 24, 2017
Trellis Seniors Services is pleased to announce a solution to deliver the much-needed residential care beds on the Sunshine Coast. The new site is located at 571 Shaw Road in Gibsons and will provide residential care beds (135+) along with a dedicated adult day program and space for a hospice of up to 8 beds. The site also has the potential to deliver rental housing for employees and their families which will help support the operation and contribute to Gibsons’ community development priorities. The site will be temporarily referred to as the Gibsons Care Home until an official name is announced following consultation with the Town of Gibsons.
Trellis has provided written notice to VCH to change the site location to Gibsons. This is a timely solution as the site is zoned and ready to advance to a building permit as soon as possible in support of Trellis’ contract commitments with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to deliver residential care services on the Sunshine Coast.
This new site in Gibsons is the best solution for residential care because:
- Timing matters: the need for residential care beds is urgent. The physicians have publicly confirmed the hospital pressures and their concern to have added capacity. They have also indicated support for the Trellis project as it will both expand and improve the residential care services. Further, they have highlighted the need for more beds going forward. Given that the Gibsons site is already zoned for a care facility and can advance direct to Building Permit, we are able to gain project certainty and timeliness. We expect to begin construction later this year and plan to open early in 2019 – which brings the project opening much closer to our initial target of August/fall 2018.
- Gibsons is the right location. When Trellis realized that the project in Sechelt was facing uncertainty and delay, we began looking for alternatives and revisited the site priorities as required by VCH. It was important to find a location that could advance in a timely manner and with certainty. Proximity to transit and local amenities, such as in a Neighbourhood Centre or Town area, was necessary to support both workers and visitors. With Gibsons, the site zoning, flat topography, central location and proximity to local, regional and provincial transportation links make this location a great fit. We are excited for this opportunity to create a centre of care expertise within Gibsons for the benefit of the Sunshine Coast, working closely with neighbour Good Samaritan’s Christenson Village, and with all service partners.
- Trellis takes our commitments seriously. When Trellis committed to VCH to deliver beds on the Sunshine Coast as part of the February 2015 Request for Qualifications and Solutions, we did so in good faith. We were supported on our plans for the Silverstone site by District of Sechelt staff and we followed up further in April 2016 to re-confirm the fit. But since that time, the process has changed and Sechelt has decided they need to review residential care through a community study. We know that change happens. We also know that Trellis is a company that delivers on our promises. We are open to new ideas, we are flexible and innovative and we find solutions – a “Sunshine Coast solution” – that supports meeting urgent needs and the health goals of VCH. With this change to Gibsons, Trellis will be able to deliver the contracted residential care beds and services on a timely basis as committed.
- This is a first step. As communicated by the physicians, the Trellis project is a step forward as it will both add more residential care beds/capacity and it will significantly improve and rejuvenate the care environment through a modern, purpose-built facility. It also allows the repurposing of Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge to proceed with potential for those sites to address much-needed mental health and dementia care going forward. Both of these actions are positive advances to healthcare services on the Sunshine Coast. It is recognized that further investments to meet the growing need for seniors care are still needed but these steps are moving healthcare in the right direction going forward.
- Silverstone will await other seniors housing opportunities. Trellis will keep its rezoning application for Silverstone in place while we await the results of the District of Sechelt’s community review process for long-term care facilities. When Trellis selected the Silverstone location on Derby Road, it was with the knowledge that, through the existing Official Community Plan (OCP), the community had already designated it as a priority growth area and had allocated over 6 acres of lands for institutional use alongside a proposed Neighbourhood Centre that would provide a mix of retail and commercial services. It was also clear in Sechelt’s OCP that providing options for seniors housing, including care facilities, was a high priority. Given this history along with the demand for more care beds on the Sunshine Coast, Trellis remains interested in Sechelt for other seniors housing opportunities.
As always, we welcome your input and feedback.