Residential Care Facility Enters Construction Phase
Left to right: Island Health’s Executive Director Primary Care and Seniors’ Health Mark Blandford, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan Doug Routley, Island Health Board Chair Leah Hollins and CEO/CFO of H&H Total Care Services Andre Van Ryk pose in front of The Hamlets, a new 88 bed long-term care home being built in Duncan. Supplied by Cheryl Bloxham, Island Health
After it was originally expected to be completed in November of this year, an 88-bed facility won’t be ready until next fall.
“Hamlets of Duncan” is under construction and when it’s ready, it will offer 80 publicly-funded and eight privately-funded beds, along with 53 assisted-living beds, that aren’t subsidized.
H & H Total Care Services Incorporated is the developer and CEO and CFO Andre Van Ryk said this facility is meant for people with specific diagnoses.
“Residents that we’ll be caring for will have a diagnosis such as dementia, or other long-term ailments that require unscheduled 24-hour care,” said Van Ryk.
Van Ryk said processes are to blame for the lengthy delay.
“There have to be approvals that go through the (Vancouver Island) Health Authority, there need to be approvals that go through the licensing,” said Van Ryk. “The development permit gives you the general concept of the land and the second piece is the actual building permit.
Van Ryk said, “Another piece of the work that needed to be done, which slowed things down, is with respect to the land use around the building.”
H & H had to ensure that environmental and archeological concerns were addressed and the movement of where the building would sit on the property also slowed things down.
The Hamlets will be located on the corner of Beverly Street and York Road.
Construction on the 88-bed residential care facility, “The Hamlets,” at Beverly Street and York Road. Supplied by H & H Total Care Services Incorporated.