COURTENAY B.C- The Comox Valley Hospice Society is getting a new home.
The new facility will be a part of the Golden Life Management’s Ocean Front Village.
The new building will include 120 long-term care beds, four existing community beds, and two new community hospice beds.
The facility will also provide a permanent home for hospice administrative offices, staff, and volunteers who provide care for over 1000 patients.
Terri Odeneal, Executive Director of the CVHS says that the new facility aims to provide a ‘home feel’ for its patients.
“Our goal is to have very home like, peaceful, serene, environment where hospice care can be provided where people can’t be cared for at home,” said Odeneal.
After Mamie Aitken, a daughter of one of the valley’s founding families, passed away, $2 million was listed in her will to go towards a new community facility.
Odeneal says the society has now asked that the Comox Valley Community Foundation release the funds.
“We have requested have those funds released so we can move forward with the build, so the facility will be owned by the community.”
Once the CVHS is able to acquire the funds from the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the hope is to have the new building completed by late 2020.
The Comox Valley Community Foundation says they would not like to comment on the matter at this time.