Seniors Can Stay Closer to Home

The Nelson site is now on its way to offering local care, including 75 new long-term care suites for seniors.

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Photo Courtesy of the Nelson Star

Starting in the 1940s, the Mount St. Francis hospital served the people of Nelson and area for many decades. The site is now on its way to again becoming essential when it comes to offering local care, including 75 new long-term care suites for seniors.

The long-term complex will be owned by the Trust and its partner Golden Life Management, and leased and operated by Interior Health. The project marks the largest one-time increase in long-term care beds in the province’s interior in more than 16 years. It should be ready for residents by fall 2024.

It’s an impressive undertaking that will enable significantly more people to access state-of-the-art resources in or near their own communities. In addition, it’s a way for the Trust to earn the income that funds its broad range of programs, which it also does through the nine seniors living communities it already owns in the Basin, operated by Golden Life.

The long-term care is just one of many items that will be situated in Interior Health’s new Nelson Health Campus. Other examples include dental, environmental health, population health, mental health, public health, speech-language pathology and adult day services. The aim is to simplify access to health care.

Together, these will enable seniors to obtain the resources they need, right here in the region.

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