Canada-based non-profit, charitable and dedicated dementia care facility Nanaimo Travellers Lodge (NTL) Society has broken ground on the construction of a new residential care home in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Eden Gardens will be located at 1917 Northfield Road. The facility will offer licensed residential care homes and will be operated by NTL, post construction.
NTL was appointed by Island Health, a Canadian provider of healthcare services through a network of hospitals, health units and residential care locations.
The British Columbia Government will contribute around $26.2m for the construction of the new facility and Island Health will provide $10.4m as an annual operating fund.
NTL will relocate the existing 90 residential care beds from its current location at 1298 Nelson Street and add further licensed beds, bringing the facility's total bed count to 130.
British Columbia health minister Terry Lake said: "Eden Gardens is a perfect example of how government is working in partnership with health authorities to create and strengthen healthcare supports for residents as close to their home communities as possible.
"This facility will provide residents with access to a variety of services for seniors and those with dementia, including 24-hour secure care, all under one roof."
British Columbia minister of health for healthy living and seniors' parliamentary secretary Michelle Stilwell said: "I look forward to the completion of this new residential care home that will provide safe, quality care for residents and their families for many years to come."
Construction work at Eden Gardens is expected to complete in May 2016.
Image: Officials from the British Columbia government and Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society at the groundbreaking ceremony of Eden Gardens. Photo: courtesy of Government of B.C.