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New long-term care home opens in Burnaby

A new, 216-bed long-term care home has opened up in Burnaby, according to an announcement by the B.C. government Saturday.

The residence, called Chénchenstway, is located at 7550 Rosewood Street and is the result of a renovation of the former New Vista long-term care home.

“The opening of this new long-term care home signifies our commitment to ensuring dignified and compassionate care for people,” said Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Today’s announcement expands on our government’s work and investments into long-term care in British Columbia and on our commitment to build safe homes and communities for seniors.”

Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health partnered to complete the renovation, with the goal of reducing the number of multi-bed rooms in long-term care, the province states.

“We embraced the creativity of our dedicated teams that incorporated thoughtful design to craft Chénchenstway into a nurturing home,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO of Fraser Health. “We are deeply appreciative of our staff and medical staff, and the unwavering support of families and friends.”

Fraser Health is operating 106 of the newly opened beds and Providence Health Care is operating the other 110 beds.

Residents from long-term care homes in both of those health care jurisdictions are already living in their new homes at Chénchenstway.

The new residence features updated dining rooms, new space for social activities and increased showering facilities.

“All of these features mean residents and their families will have greater comfort, privacy and peace of mind,” said Fiona Dalton, president and CEO of Providence. “Chénchenstway is a Squamish word that means ‘to lift each other up’ and it is our hope that this new residence will do just that for seniors and their loved ones.”

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