Vancouver Coastal Health has signed an agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society to rebuild and expand the German Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver. The existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a larger care home with 18 additional beds, for a total of 160-beds, 10 of which will be private pay.
The new facility will have several small homes within a single building. This model is known as ‘home and neighbourhood design’ and is considered a best practice in residential care. The German Canadian Benevolent Society envisions the new care home will also provide services to seniors living in the community, which may include adult day care, therapeutic bathing, rehabilitation services, education for informal care givers, and social activities that encourage community interaction and participation. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide operational funding for the new facility.
Part of the existing care home buildings will close to prepare for demolition and construction. A date for the closure has not yet been determined. There are comprehensive transition plans for each resident to allow for a smooth transition to other care homes. The Society will continue to provide care to about 50 seniors in the building located on the North West corner of the property during the construction.