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NEWS RELEASE · 26th July 2010
Northern Health
The new $19.5 million Acropolis Manor residential care facility, Summit Residences and adult day care was officially opened today in Prince Rupert by MLA John Les (Chilliwack), on behalf of Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon, and representatives from Northern Health and the North West Regional Hospital District (NWRHD). The facility will benefit Prince Rupert seniors who need 24- hour nursing care and health services.

“This new facility will provide Prince Rupert seniors with 15 new beds, and will replace 61 outdated and aging ones,” said MLA Les. “It will become a wonderful, caring place for our seniors to call home during their golden years.”

The $19.5 million project was funded through a partnership between the Province, through Northern Health ($12.7 million), the NWRHD ($6.8 million) and the City of Prince Rupert, which provided the land and waived permit fees. It adds 61 residential care beds and 15 new assisted living units to the facility, along with a new adult day centre.

The Province is also providing $247,500 in annual operational funding for 15 assisted living apartments, operated in partnership with BC Housing, through Independent Living BC (ILBC). ILBC is a housing-for-health program where tenants pay 70 per cent of their after-tax income for their units. Residents receive two meals a day, weekly housekeeping and linen services, 24 hour emergency response, personal care services and recreational and social opportunities. Assisted living apartments add to the current range of housing and care options available to seniors by providing a middle option between home support and residential care.

The 61 new residential care beds at the expanded Acropolis Manor meet up-to-date standards for the highest level of residential care for seniors needing around-the-clock nursing care in a home- like environment. The expansion includes full wheelchair accessibility, appropriate space for clients and caregivers, and the ability to include patient lifts and support devices.

“The North West Regional Hospital District was pleased to partner on this project with Northern Health and the City of Prince Rupert” said Cress Farrow, chair of the NWRHD. “It is important that we offer improved care options to the seniors of the region.”

Other features include two suites dedicated to palliative care, and three new respite care beds for patients who need only short-term convalescent care or a respite for their family caregivers. The Royal Canadian Legion Pacific Branch 27 donated $20,000 to furnish the palliative care suites and respite rooms. The adult day care centre can accommodate up to 35 clients per week.

"Northern Health is pleased to collaborate with the Northwest Regional Hospital District and other donors to bring enhanced health services to seniors in Prince Rupert”, said Cam McIntyre, Northern Health Board member. "We are especially grateful for the dedication of our staff, because without them this project wouldn’t be a reality."