BURNABY – The New Vista Society officially broke ground for their new care home to provide 240 residential care beds and replace their existing facility in Burnaby.
“The Province recognizes that there is a need to revitalize and create new affordable housing options across the province which is why we are investing in the redevelopment of The New Vista Society’s Care Home,” said Raj Chouhan MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. “I know that many seniors will benefit from the facility and I look forward to visiting the new care home once complete.”
The Government of B.C. provided $5.5 million to New Vista Society to support its efforts to develop a new care home as well as construction financing from BC Housing. The City of Burnaby waived development cost charges of over $600,000 for the project.
“The City of Burnaby is so pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this important project,” says City of Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley. When complete, it will be an invaluable addition to our community, providing much-needed new, affordable, residential care units for seniors. We know that New Vista’s ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of seniors will be realized in this new development, benefitting not only those who live there, but also their families and the broader community. This project will clearly demonstrate the great community benefits that can be achieved when partners work to achieve shared goals.”
“We know that seniors benefit when they are living in a home with staff to support their psychosocial, physical, and medical care needs, and in a well-designed physical environment that also supports their well-being. Fraser Health is pleased to continue our ongoing partnership with New Vista and celebrates with them today as they take this next big step towards realizing their vision for a modern care home,” said Irene Sheppard, Fraser Health Executive Director, Residential Care and Assisted Living Contracted Services.
In addition, The New Vista Society received a generous donation of $1.5 million from Eunice Ohand, and the Rose of Sharon Foundation, both long-time supporters of the Korean Canadian community in B.C.
The new care home, located at 7232 New Vista Place in Burnaby, will be a seven-storey development providing 236 subsidized residential care units and four private units. The building will also include a floor dedicated to the cultural and social-sensitive care of residents of Korean-Canadian heritage. On-site roads, services and improvements to off-site roads fronting the development will be completed as part of this construction. Construction started August 2018 and the building is anticipated to be complete summer 2020.
The New Vista Society’s existing residential care facility was built in 1975. The care home is made up of two special care units for people with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. The Care Home is divided into five villages, each providing optimal levels of care to meet the unique needs of each resident. Meals are prepared on site in our state-of-the-art kitchen and are served in each village in common dining rooms.
The New Vista Society provides affordable accommodation, barrier free housing, day support for seniors/adults with special needs and multi-level care for frail/elderly adults with physical and mental health challenges.
“We are delighted to have the support of MLA Raj Chouhan, and Minister Dix and Robinson and the City of Burnaby as we build a new Care Home for seniors in our community,” said Darin Froese, CEO for The New Vista Society. “The new building will ensure we can continue to provide excellent healthcare in partnership with Fraser Health for decades to come.