New Facility Will Replace River Haven, Says Lekstrom

DAWSON CREEK – A new assisted living facility will be built in the South Peace to replace Peace River Haven, announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom today.

The existing facility in Pouce Coupe, Peace River Haven, currently has 22 intermediate care beds open. An architectural and engineering review has determined that converting the Haven into an assisted living complex is not feasible. Instead, a new assisted living facility with 26 units will be constructed in the South Peace region.

?This is great news for the community, especially those whose family members live at the facility,? said Lekstrom, who has worked extensively on this project. ?The 26 units will help to meet the demand for assisted living units in the South Peace. This is an example of members of the community bringing their issues forward to myself and Northern Health and reaching a positive outcome.?

Peace River Haven will continue to operate intermediate care beds until the new facility is built. Northern Health and BC Housing will work to establish a suitable location for the new facility. Assisted living units provide specialized housing, meals and support services, health services and 24-hour response to help seniors.

?I?m glad that Northern Health went through the process to determine if upgrading the existing facility was feasible, but as I expected, the study found it was not a practical solution,? said Lekstrom. ?This announcement is the culmination of a lot of work from many different parties, and I would like to thank them for the support they gave me.?

The expansion of assisted living units is part of the BC Government?s commitment to build the best system of support in Canada for seniors.