Government Announces New Long-Term Care Homes for Central Newfoundland
The Provincial Government today announced that 60-bed long-term care homes will be built in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, as well as a 20-bed expansion of the protective care unit in Botwood. Construction for all three projects will begin in 2019, meeting demand for long-term care and making better use of acute care beds in the central region.
In addition to providing greater accessibility to health care services, upwards of 200 public service employees will be required to staff the facilities. During construction, there will be more than 343 person-years of employment created and $39 million in economic activity.
In December, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be issued to establish a short list of private sector businesses that are interested in designing, building, financing and maintaining the new homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. To help facilitate the procurement process, EY will be engaged as Financial and Procurement Advisor.
The two new long-term care homes will complement the already existing beds at Lakeside Homes in Gander and Carmelite House in Grand Falls-Windsor. It is expected that Lakeside Homes will require additional upgrades in the coming years. In consideration of this, the Provincial Government will develop options to replace Lakeside Homes.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a design consultant for the extension to the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood will be issued in early 2018. Protective care units provide specialized care in a safe, secure setting for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other similar disorders. Expanding the protective care unit builds on the already recognized physician leadership and strong staff trained in the area of dementia care at the health centre.