COMOX, B.C- A long-term vision is being put forward by one of the Valley’s senior-care organizations.

According to a news release issued by the Comox Valley Health Foundation titled “The Future Role of St. Joseph’s in Seniors’ Care in Comox”, the Views at St. Joseph’s is looking to develop their waterfront property, and construct a dementia village for seniors experiencing moderate to severe dementia.

The release was issued in early December of this year, and the stated aim was to provide a homelike and dignified living environment.

“Future plans include development of independent living, respite beds, and supportive housing to provide for the varying needs of people as they age,” read the announcement.

“Comox Valley demographics for the 75+ age population are predicted to almost double over the next 20 years. By 2034, there will be more than 6,000 additional people aged 75+ in the Comox Valley compared to today. Dementia numbers are also on the rise, placing further demand on the need for care and housing for these residents.”

Reached for comment, Michael Aikins, Chief Administrative Officer, The Views at St. Joseph’s, said he was excited about the vision they have for the facility, though he couldn’t offer specifics on when they might have a more concrete plan in place.

“It’s often asked, so what’s happening over at the St. Joe’s site?” said Aikins.

“Seniors’ care is our core business, and with such a need and demand in our community we’re looking at how we can be innovative in providing support to seniors, and part of that vision is to build a dementia village.”

Aikins stated there had been studies of the existing buildings, which concluded “a lot” of them needed replacement. He also indicated that plans for revitalization would include the whole site.

“There is so much planning and working with partners ahead,” said Aikins.

“Obviously, these are complex and expensive visions to fulfill, so we’re still in the early stages, nothing concrete at this point.”